Winter weather advisory for NY, NJ as snow set to snarl morning commute

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NEW YORK – A winter weather advisory will go into effect early Friday morning as commuters in New York and New Jersey may face a dangerous commute to work thanks to a coastal low bringing snow into the tri-state area.

The advisory will be in effect between 1 and 12 p.m. Friday.

Updated models show the storm accumulating 3 to 6 inches of snow for Long Island and eastern Connecticut. Snowfall accumulations will be 1 to 3 in the five boroughs, New Jersey and southern Connecticut.

Snow will begin to taper off around lunch time in the city and 3 p.m. over eastern Long Island.

The heavier burst of snow will most likely blanket roadways with snow and slush. Visibility could be reduced to a quarter mile and winds could gust up to 30 mph.  Rain will mix with snow early Friday morning, becoming all snow by daybreak.

A snow alert was issued for the city ahead of the storm that’s expected to affect the Friday morning commute, the New York City Department of Sanitation said.

The storm is expected to bring light amounts of snow to the area, but its timing could snarl traffic and make traveling more treacherous than usual.

The alert went into effect at 12 a.m. Friday, the agency said.

A snow alert is not a weather forecast but rather a call to city sanitation crews to prepare for possible precipitation accumulating on the boroughs’ 6,500 miles of streets.