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Melting snow causing slippery roads, streets across tri-state

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A wintry mix of sleet, snow and freezing rain has created some messy travel conditions across the tri-state area Saturday.

The National Weather Service earlier issued a winter weather advisory for New York City, Long Island and parts of eastern New Jersey.

The advisory has expired for New York City and all surrounding areas that were previously affected.

Both air and ground temperatures are rising slowly, thus eliminating the need for a winter weather advisory.

Ice will turn to rain in New York City Saturday afternoon and the rain is expected to last through the early evening. The New York City Office of Emergency Management has issued a hazardous travel advisory for the city Saturday due to slippery conditions.

Snow began falling across the state early Saturday, then started changing over to freezing rain by late morning. The precipitation was expected to change over to just rain by Saturday afternoon as temperatures are expected to reach into the upper 40s.

On a weekend morning before the holidays when shoppers would typically fill New York streets, the city slowed to a crawl as snow blanketed nearly empty streets.

Temperatures were in the 20s in the early morning when the snowfall started, and about half an inch of snow accumulated before sunrise. By 8 a.m., vehicles were forced to move at a snail's pace in the heart of Manhattan — or else spin out of control.

It took one driver about 10 minutes to get from Madison Avenue near the east side of Central Park to the West Side.

There were some reports of minor accidents.

Officials in New Jersey say no major problems are being reported on the roads there.

Major roads including the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike were in good shape. But drivers were being urged to slow down and use extra caution, especially on secondary and rural roads.

Temperatures are expected to be around 50 on Sunday before cold air returns Sunday night.