Snowstorm brings wintry weather to New York City area

Tim Fleischer reports from Yorktown Heights.
December 15, 2013 8:25:31 AM PST
A fast-moving snowstorm arrived in the New York area and left behind a wintry mess for crews and plows to cleanup.

New York City was mostly cleaning up a slushy mess on the streets and continuing to salt the roads.

The storm dropped six inches on the Upper West Side and five inches at the Central Park Zoo.

The Department of Sanitation had a full force of 365 salters and 1300 plows out across New York City.

There were some power outages to deal, but by Sunday morning, power was restored to residents in the Bronx, and there were just 600 homes without power throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The MTA has canceled most scheduled weekend work. Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road are planning to operate on normal weekend schedules, but customers are advised to monitor for updates. Customers are also urged to use caution while walking on outdoor platforms and stairs at train and subway stations.

As of Sunday morning dozens of flights were cancelled and delayed out of Newark, Laguardia and JFK Airports. However, that's much better than it was on Saturday when a total of 1,300 flights were cancelled.


Light trucks, small trucks, heavy trucks, all equipped with plows, were locked, loaded and hitting the roads Sunday morning.

Westchester County received the most snow, with about 7.6 inches in Armonk and 7.5 inches in Scarsdale.

The city has approximately 125 workers on 16 hour shifts and about 75 trucks positioned across the city, plowing and spreading salt on 150 miles of city streets and 17 miles of county roads.

Crews pre-salted the roads with brine earlier this week in hopes of preventing ice from binding to the roads.

The marquee message on 287 was "Take it Slow, Ice and Snow". The state police warned drivers to use caution after several accidents were reported throughout the area due to slick road conditions.


Snow fell across most of New Jersey, but freezing rain posed more potential problems than the snow.

Many northern areas saw 4 to 8 inches of snow, while central areas saw 2 to 5 inches overall.

In Westwood, they used snow blowers and lead blowers to push the snowy mess aside.

Snow crews cleared a path to Bergen Town Center in Paramus, the problem was, and there were not a lot of shoppers. The wet mess scared many families into staying at home. From an empty parking lot to an empty mall, this is not what retailers were hoping for so close to Christmas. They hoped that the roads would be in a better condition for Sunday's shoppers.

Authorities are warning drivers that travel could be treacherous in some areas that could still be icy.


On Saturday night, the snow turned to freezing rain across many parts of the middle of Long Island and the South Shore.

The snow lasted longer on the North Shore in places like Oyster Bay, and fell during the early evening hours, blanketing the roads. Sunday morning though, the plows were out and clearing the roads.


Kevin Nursick, spokesman at the Connecticut Department of Transportation, says a saltwater solution applied to roads before the storms didn't work because temperatures were too low and the saltwater froze.

However, crews treated the highways with salt, helping to keep snow from bonding.

Nursick says the timing is good because fewer cars are on the roads on weekends.

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