March nor'easter brings messy mix of snow, rain and wind to Tri-State

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Nor'easter slams Tri-State with messy mix of snow, rain and wind
Lee Goldberg details the March nor'easter that brought a mix of snow, rain and wind to the Tri-State area and gives an update on snow totals.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Snow and rain fell across the Tri-State much of Tuesday as a nor'easter moved through the area, causing concerns of slick roads and power outages.

Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut issued states of emergency for areas north and west of New York City.

New York Governor Hochul's state of emergency went into effect in Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties in our area. Unnecessary travel was discouraged in those counties.

Some towns in Putnam County logged more than 10 inches of snow.

Putnam, Dutchess and Orange are among the New York counties under a state of emergency as a nor'easter hits the area. Marcus Solis is in Putnam County with more.

Power outages remain a concern as heavy winds move in, adding stress to snow-covered utility lines. As of 11:30 a.m., Putnam reported 2,376 outages, Ulster had 5,465 outages, Dutchess has 12,851 outages while Orange reported less than 700 and Westchester reported less than 50.

At one point Tuesday, more than 250,000 people throughout the Northeast were without power, including 96,600 total in New York. Connecticut reported 7,289 outages statewide.

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Eyewitness News reporter Derick Waller saw a winter wonderland as he traveled through Putnam County.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency which applied to Morris, Sussex, Warren, Passaic, and Bergen counties.

As the storm began to wind down across the state, the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced that the commercial vehicle travel restriction was lifted on Tuesday for all highways.

In northern New Jersey, Janice Yu saw light rain turn into snow on Tuesday morning. Janice says the roads in Mahwah were starting to get slick.

After a few hours of light rain, Janice Yu says Mahwah is starting to see some snowflakes in the air.

Eyewitness News Reporter Toni Yates was in West Milford where snow had been sticking to the ground for a few hours after light rain turned to snow.

Snow and rain begin to fall across northern New Jersey, as strong winds sweep in Tuesday's nor'easter. Toni Yates has the story.

On Long Island, wind was the biggest concern. Residents were bracing for power outages as wind gusts of up to 50 mph were expected.

Eyewitness News reporter Stacey Sager continues our storm coverage from Long Island where residents are bracing for strong winds and power outages.

Meanwhile in Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont directed the State Emergency Operations Center to be partially activated.

AccuWeather says the nor'easter will push northward along the mid-Atlantic coast with the storm's center deepening as it swings into coastal New England.

Snow Preps

In preparation for the storm, the New York State Thruway Authority banned tandem and empty tractor-trailers from I-87 exit 17 (Newburgh - Scranton - I-84) to I-90 exit 36 (Watertown - Binghamton- I-81) and the length of the Berkshire Spur (I-87 exit 21B to the Massachusetts border).

In addition, the following commercial vehicle restrictions will be in effect:

I-84: Full length. 8 p.m. start; No tandem or empty tractor trailers

I-88: Full Length. 8 p.m. start; No tandem or empty tractor trailers

I-87 (Northway): Albany To Plattsburgh. 8 p.m. start; No tandem or empty tractor trailers

I-90: I-87 to Berkshire Spur. 8 p.m. start; No tandem or empty tractor trailers

I-81: PA Line to Syracuse. 8 p.m. start; "Trucks Use Right Lane" advisory

Route 17: Middletown to Binghamton. 8 p.m. start; "Trucks Use Right Lane" advisory

Stay with Eyewitness News and AccuWeather for continuing updates.


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