Tri-state residents are bracing for yet another messy winter siege early Tuesday, with snow expected to fall over a wide swath of the region through mid-morning before changing to rain in some spots and lingering as the white stuff in others.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency beginning midnight Monday ahead of the the very large storm system. Snow will start creeping into the tri-state after 3 a.m. and continue pushing north Tuesday morning, with a change over to a wintry mix starting mid-morning.
The wintry mix lifts north through the rest of the morning and afternoon hours, and it will all change over to plain rain Tuesday night for most areas. But a prolonged period of sleet and freezing rain will make travel difficult on any untreated roads. Isolated power outages and downed trees are possible for areas that get more significant icing further inland.
“Here’s the simple way to say it: Tomorrow morning will be nasty in New York City,” said Mayor de Blasio at a news briefing Monday. “We’ve got a tough morning commute. People should be ready for some snow mixed with sleet mixed with rain.”
By the time the system moves out, New York City could see 3 to 4 inches of snow. Northern New Jersey, Westchester, Rockland and Fairfield will see about 3 to 5 inches, and the Hudson Valley, northwest New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania will have 5 to 8 inches. Long Island and Jersey Shore should see about 1 to 3 inches.
Travel restrictions are in place for commercial vehicles on interstate highways in New Jersey. Check 511nj.org for the complete list of restrictions.
A travel advisory has been issued for New York City Tuesday. Schools in New York City will be open Tuesday, at least for now, and the city is weighing whether to keep field trips and afterschool activities. The Department of Sanitation has gone into a 12-hour shift operation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with 685 spreads at the ready Monday evening. By Tuesday morning, 2,400 sanitation workers will be working the roads for the storm.
A winter storm watch was issued for Passaic and Sussex counties in New Jersey and Orange and Ulster counties in New York from late Monday through late Tuesday. Sullivan County in New York was also under a winter storm watch from late Monday through Wednesday. See the latest weather alerts here.
The larger system follows a much meeker system that showered the Jersey Shore area with some flurries overnight into Monday, making for some slick roads but causing no major local issues. Much of the tri-state didn’t see much snow, if any, with the bulk of the snow hitting central and southern New Jersey. Get real-time transit updates here.
Warmer weather is on the horizon after Tuesday’s storm, with highs expected to reach the mid-40s Wednesday and Thursday and then soar into the 50s Friday and Saturday, Storm Team 4 says.
Heading into Wednesday morning, the winter weather begins to lighten up a bit and into the midweek it will begin to pull away with it will be on the breezy side, Storm Team 4 says. The temperature will reach the 40s on Wednesday and with that change in temperature, the snow that accumulated will melt rather rapidly.