New York area snowstorm makes for dangerous commute

N.J. Burkett reports from Mineola.
February 5, 2014 7:00:43 PM PST
The wintry mix that created hazardous travel conditions in the Tri-state area has ended, but drivers are still being urged to use caution due to concerns over black ice.

Speed restrictions were put in place on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway Wednesday as the snow transitioned to sleet and ice, making for slick conditions for the evening commute.

The major local airports reported hundreds of delays and cancellations, so flyers were advised to check with their carrier before attempting to make the trip.


All New York City buses are operating with tire chains, but are subject to weather-related delays depending on street conditions.

The subways experienced numerous delays and service changes Wednesday morning due to signal problems.

But by noon the MTA said the subways, the LIRR and two of Metro-North's three lines were operating on regular schedules. The New Haven line downshifted to hourly service because of icing on overhead wires.

The LIRR was experiencing scattered residual delays of up to 30 minutes. Earlier, service was suspended between Jamaica and Mineola due to a disabled train east of Bellerose. Delays are affecting all branches.

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MTA Bridges and Tunnels has 98 pieces of snow-fighting equipment on hand, and all roadways and ramps leading to its seven bridges and two tunnels wiere de-iced regularly throughout the storm.

New Jersey Transit

NJ Transit is operating on a storm schedule, and buses and trains are cross-honoring tickets.

Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line Service had been suspended due to overhead wire problems, but most trains are on or close to schedule.

Other trains are subject to 20-30 minute delays system-wide (except Atlantic City line) in both directions due to weather conditions. Bus service in the Northern Jersey area is subject to delays of up to 60 minutes due to weather related road conditions.


PATH trains are running on a normal schedule, but passengers should be prepared for extra travel time.


Amtrak is operating on a normal schedule with delays up to 60 minutes.

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