NEW YORK (WABC) -- A coastal storm hit the New York City and the Tri-State area on Tuesday morning, packing high winds and dumping heavy snow in some areas, leading to school closures, warnings against traveling by road, and the disruption of flights.
It's the first major snowstorm in New York City since February 2022. The city, which has the nation's largest school system, switched to remote learning, but reported problems with the online system that prevented students from logging in Tuesday morning.
The storm started as rain overnight then turned to snow across much of the area in time for the morning commute.
While a couple of inches of slushy snow fell across the city, northern and western suburbs reported anywhere from 4-8 inches of snow to as much as 11 inches in parts of Orange County, New York.
Sanitation trucks plowed streets and bike lanes while landlords and business owners shoveled sidewalks in the Belmont section of the Bronx.
Officials warning property owners not to let snow and ice pile up.
"Tonight, the temps are going below freezing and we could have flash freezes on the sidewalks," New York City Department of Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch said. "We want those sidewalks safe tomorrow. We don't enjoy enforcing these rules, but our enforcement teams certainly will be out tomorrow enforcing these rules. It's a matter of safety."
In northern New Jersey, residents grabbed shovels and cranked up their snow blowers to dig out once the storm moved out.
Toni Yates has more:
The steady snow was mostly leading to slushy conditions on the sidewalks and the roads. New Yorkers were out brushing snow off cars, shoveling sidewalks and driving or biking through the slushy roads.
Janice Yu has more:
Rockland County got its share of snow that left its mark on streets across the area and plow operators were hard at work on Tuesday.
Marcus Solis has more:
Lindsay Tuchman and Heather O'Rourke have more on road conditions.
There were treacherous travel conditions on the roadways in Westchester County. Highway crews did their best to clear away the heavy, wet snow but the intensity of the snowfall quickly re-covered the roads.
A local state of emergency was declared in Westchester County due to the snow. Eyewitness News Reporter Joe Torres said that cars were spotted going some 15-20 miles per hour in the hamlet of Goldens Bridge. He also came across a vehicle that had spun out on the road due to the slippery and hazardous conditions.
Bad road conditions across New Jersey are making it difficult for drivers. There are wires down on the roads after heavy snow pulled down tree branches.
State officials continue to encourage drivers to stay home and give cleanup crews time to work:
Anthony Johnson reports from Tenafly:
New York City has 2,000 snow plows that were ready to hit the street when enough plowable snow fell.
Sonia Rincon reports from the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx:
Remote learning hit a snag in the first few hours on Tuesday. Parents, students and teachers were trying to figure out what to do before things were eventually back on track.
Phil Taitt has more:
The MTA plans to run as much subway, bus, and commuter rail service as possible today.
Metro-North will operate on a modified schedule with some changes to morning and evening peak and branch line service.
All NJ Transit services will be operating for as long as possible. NJ TRANSIT is cross-honoring systemwide for rail, light rail, bus, and private carriers due to expected inclement weather conditions.
More than 400 flights in New York City and New Jersey have been canceled Tuesday.
Ground stops are not yet in effect but are expected at JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports.
Governor Ned Lamont announced that due to the severe winter storm that is anticipated to impact Connecticut, he has signed an order banning all tandem tractor trailers and empty tractor trailers from traveling on all limited access highways statewide effective Tuesday at 12 a.m. and remaining in effect until further notice.
Hoboken, Paterson, South Orange and Maplewood Public School Districts will be closed Tuesday due to the predicted snow in the inclement weather forecast.
Gov. Phil Murphy is asking New Jersey residents to work from home Tuesday if they can and stay off the roads.
A commercial vehicle travel restriction on multiple Interstate highways in New Jersey will be in effect on Tuesday.
The impacted highways:
I-78 (entire length)
I-80 (entire length)
I-280 (entire length)
I-287 (entire length)
Route 440 (between I-287 to the Outer Bridge Crossing)
I-195 (entire length)
I-295 (Pennsylvania border/Scudder Falls Bridge to Exit 60 at I-195)
The commercial vehicle travel restriction applies to:
All tractor trailers (exceptions as listed in the Administrative Order)
Empty straight CDL-weighted trucks
Passenger vehicles pulling trailers
Toni Yates has more on New Jersey snow preps from Pompton Lakes:
Due to the expected snowstorm, all branches of Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library (which covers the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island), and Queens Public Library will be closed on Tuesday.
Yonkers Public Schools will be closed Tuesday for the snow and additionally, all afterschool programs, including afterschool child care programming, will also be canceled.
All Catholic Elementary Schools in the Archdiocese of New York will be closed Tuesday due to the forecasted snowstorm. The day will be a "traditional snow day" with no remote instruction. This includes Catholic schools in New York City and the upper suburban counties.
Archdiocesan High Schools operate independently, so high school families need to follow instructions from their individual schools.
Catholic schools in the Brooklyn Diocese, which encompasses Brooklyn and Queens, will have a remote instruction day.
New York City schools will be remote on Tuesday due to the storm.
The decision to make it a snow day when it snows or not make it a snow day is always controversial. Either way, there are families unhappy with the city's decision. But the reality is that there is no such thing as snow days anymore -- there are remote days.
Lucy Yang has more, including reaction from some NYC students:
Alternate-side parking rules are suspended for Tuesday.
"NYC Emergency Management has issued a Travel Advisory due to a significant winter storm forecasted to impact the region," said New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol. "We have mobilized a comprehensive response with our city agencies and utility partners, but while we are preparing for any eventuality, I urge New Yorkers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary for their safety and to allow our Sanitation Department (DSNY) crews and first responders to navigate the storm and reach those in need more quickly.
A Snow Emergency has been declared in Newburgh effective Monday, February 12th at 6pm. Snow Emergency parking regulations will be in effect until the Snow Emergency is lifted.
Cars parked illegally during a snow emergency will be towed
During a snow emergency, alternate side of the street parking regulations are in effect as follows:
On North-South Streets, parking is permitted on the East side of the street for 24 hours, from 6pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Parking is permitted on the West side of the street for 24 hours from 6pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
On East-West Streets, parking is permitted on the North side of the street for 24 hours from 6pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Parking is permitted on the South side of the street for 24 hours from 6pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
EXCEPTION: BROADWAY - No parking both sides from 12:00 midnight to 8:00 a.m. daily
On all other City streets, the Police Department will designate the side of the street on which parking is permitted, allowing parking on one side of the street on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and then on the other side, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Permitted parking on each side of the street will be from 6pm at the time the Emergency is declared until 24 hours thereafter.
Parking is not permitted on designated snow emergency routes. Parking is permitted in City Municipal Parking Lots on Ann Street, VanNess Street, (between Fullerton and Prospect Streets) and on Chambers Street.
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