New York City's snowless drought ended with an inch of snow falling since midnight on Tuesday
NEW YORK (WABC) -- A deep freeze is following the winter storm that broke a snow drought in New York City on Tuesday.
New York City's Central Park recorded more than an inch of snow since midnight, the first time since 2022 that it had at least an inch the same day.
The storm dropped an inch of snow on Central Park, ending the 701-day snowless streak!
A widespread 1-3 inches of snow fell across the Tri-State. Check here for snow totals around the area.
Behind the storm, some of the coldest weather of the season with a single-digit feel expected for the Wednesday morning commute.
Freezing rain and dropping temperatures created black ice conditions on area roadways.
New Jersey Department of Transportation urged drivers to use extra caution (especially on bridges and ramps as they freeze before regular road surfaces) and to slow down.
The next storm will arrive on Friday with some more snow (looking on the light side) and even colder temperatures for the weekend.
Alternate side parking rules are back in effect Wednesday.
It's been a rough day for flying travelers.
LaGuardia - 140 flights cancelled, 26% of scheduled flights
Newark -- 84 flights cancelled, 15% of scheduled flights
Kennedy - 62 flights cancelled, 10% of scheduled flights
Long airport delays were reported at LaGuardia and Newark.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation says the system went from a snow storm to an ice event, which is significantly worse.
They will continue to salt the roads through at least through Wednesday morning. Roads will look clear but officials warn drivers to slow down in case of black ice.
There wasn't enough snow to cancel school in the city, and there wasn't enough snow to go sledding in Central Park -- but there was enough snow to make it a very special day for four-legged friends.
Dogs had Central Park almost all to themselves Tuesday morning and were out in their best snow outfits spreading the joy.
Parts of Long Island saw difficult visibility for drivers during the morning commute.
Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman discussed with the Eyewitness News team how the snow has impacted the area.
Mass transit is not being affected by this storm so far, although the area airports have delays and cancellations
LaGuardia -- 59 cancellations, 11% of scheduled flights
Newark -- 45 cancellations, 8% of scheduled flights
Kennedy - 23 cancellations, 4% of scheduled flights
Kennedy had a ground stop in place until 8:30 a.m. The stop began started after early morning flights went out.
LaGuardia reported 119 min delays and Newark had 54 min delays.
It had been 701 days since Central Park last recorded an inch of snow on a single calendar day, but that streak is over.
Since midnight, an inch of snow had fallen on Central Park and nearly an inch and a half since the storm began on Monday.
Phil Taitt showed off the snowy conditions in the city.
Conditions were slick on the roads throughout New York and New Jersey. Eyewitness News Reporter Lindsay Tuchman checked the conditions from RoadCam7.
Jersey City Public Schools will be closed Tuesday due to the winter storm that's expected to bring snow and icy rain.
Dozens of other schools across the Tri-State area will also be closed or have delayed openings.
You can track the updated list here.
New York City Emergency Management placed the city under a Travel Advisory due to the expected snow and possible freezing precipitation.
Alternate Side Parking Regulations will be suspended Tuesday. Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the city.
"With snowfall projected to hit our area this evening into tomorrow morning, New Yorkers should take the necessary precautions to remain safe," said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. "While it's been nearly two years since New York City experienced more than an inch of snowfall, all relevant city agencies have been activated and are prepared to handle whatever comes our way. As a reminder, New Yorkers should sign up for Notify NYC to keep up to date on winter weather."
The New York City Department of Sanitation issued a Snow Alert for Monday through 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Brine was being deployed on high spots, highways, and areas prone to icing ahead of the storm. The full fleet of nearly 800 salt spreaders will be positioned and ready to go as soon as the first precipitation falls.
We haven't had a significant snowstorm in more than 700 days, so the Department is fully stocked with over 700 million pounds of salt.
More than 2,000 of the Department's collection trucks will be turned into snow plows and these plows will be activated when a "plowable depth" of 2" of snow is reached.
All winter weather information and information about the City's response to the storm can be found by visiting the City's Severe Weather website at nyc.gov/severeweather or by calling 311.
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