New York area drivers warned about road conditions after snow

Lisa Colagrossi reports parking regulations have been suspended as a result
February 10, 2014 9:25:15 AM PST
Accidents littered the roadways early Monday after a nuisance snowstorm left highways with too little snow for plowing but just enough to create slick spots when paired with the below-freezing temperatures.

Parts of the area are digging out once again, and spring can't come soon enough for many snow-weary residents.

Still, the main dangers to kick off the work week dealt with the commute, and drivers were urged to use caution and take mass transit if possible.

The Long Island Expressway had signs pointing out slick spots to motorists and was moving fine, but secondary and tertiary roads (and possibly getting out of your own driveway) presented the greatest danger.

In Dix Hills, a paramedic was involved in a crash with a truck near Pine Hill Road due to the icy conditions. Another accident was reported on Merrick Road near Eisenhower Park in East Meadow in Nassau County, where a car hit and knocked down a street light.

In New Jersey, the fast-moving storm left behind as much as 3 inches of snow in parts of the state.

Most highways are clear, but local roads may have a coating of snow and ice, and temperatures are expected to remain below normal.

New York City and Hoboken suspended street cleaning rules for Monday.

AccuWeather now turns its attention to a possibly strong winter storm Wednesday night into Thursday. The potential exists for 6 inches or more, but the exact track of the storm remains uncertain.

Snow tips for those venturing outside:

For Motorists

  • If you must drive a vehicle, monitor weather and traffic reports for the latest road conditions. Use mass transportation whenever possible.

  • Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible as these roadways will be cleared first.

  • Drive slowly. Vehicles, including those with 4-wheel drive, take longer to stop on snow and ice than on dry pavement.

  • Keep the name and phone number of at least one local towing service in your car in case you break down or become stuck in the snow.

  • If you get stuck on the road stay with your car and contact a towing company.

    For Pedestrians

  • Exercise caution and avoid slippery surfaces; some ice may not be visible.

  • Wear layers including a hat, gloves and scarf to stay protected from the cold. And, keep clothes and shoes dry.

  • Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside.

  • Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections.