Snowstorm clears out, leaving more than a foot on parts of Long Island

NEW YORK — A powerful storm brought more than seven inches of snow to parts of New Jersey and New York City Thursday, but left most of Long Island buried in more than a foot of snow before shoving out to sea.

Skies were finally clear, but winds will gust between 25 to 35 mph, bringing wind chill values down to the single digits overnight.

The new threat from the snow comes from drifting and blowing snow, along with risky driving conditions.

By Thursday night, more than 1,300 PSEG Long Island customers in Suffolk County were without power.

“This is a serious storm, we’ve seen worse, but this storm needs to be taken very seriously,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Thursday afternoon in a news conference. The county is still in a state of emergency.

Bohemia and Farmingdale in Suffolk County got 14 to 15 inches of snow by Thursday night. A small portion of the county received fewer with 6 to 10 inches.

Nassau County was little different, with 14 inches of snow in Hicksville and Jericho by night.

"Once again, Nassau, Suffolk, Long Island will bear the brunt of the storm. I don’t know what Nassau-Suffolk did to offend Mother Nature," Gov. Andrew Cuomo joked on Thursday during a news conference on the storm.

The peak of the storm happened in the morning when snow fell at a rapid pace, up to 3 inches an hour in some areas.

Queens got the most snowfall within the five boroughs, with 13 inches of snow in Fresh Meadows. Most of New York City got about 9 inches, with the bulk accumulating between 6 and 10 a.m.

Northern New Jersey was hit the hardest in the Garden State, with most of the snowfall happening from 5 to 8 a.m. Passaic County had the most snow, with 10 inches by 3 p.m.

Strong winds created white-out conditions in the tri-state area where streets and highways were slicked with snow, making early morning commute unbearable.

Hoboken, like a good portion of Hudson County, closed schools, bracing for the worst. Though drivers were urged to stay off the roads, hitting the sidewalk on foot proved to be no better.

"The wind is annoying because when you're walking it's blowing at you," Hoboken resident Daria DeLuccia told PIX11 News, as she made her way to work. "The snow doesn't seem to be as much as they said but I mean love the snow I just hate the wind."

New Jersey State Police helped more than 200 drivers who crashed or got stuck on roadways.  The best bet was to stay indoors to enjoy a nice snow day.

"I'm doing movies and wine [today]," Jenna Lambert told PIX11 News as she departed Sparrow Wine & Liquor shop on Washington Street.

While some businesses did enjoy an influx of orders due to many hunkering down and ordering takeout, businesses like Venti Pizzeria along Hudson Place didn't fare too well.

"I've had 11 people come in — that's bad," said manager Lee McGrath.

Officials are still warning drivers to stay off the roadways in the night as crews work to clear the roads for Friday morning's commute.

The New York City Department of Sanitation has 689 salt spreaders on the job across the five boroughs. More than 1,600 plows are on the job.

Friday will primarily be a partly to mostly sunny day with temperatures in the lower 30s. A system passes to the north and will bring the risk of some snow shower mainly during the evening or overnight period.

Accumulations looks to be on light side where the snow occurs.

Temperatures will moderate heading into the weekend as southwesterly winds develop. Highs on Saturday will climb back into the 40s. A frontal boundary then moves in on Sunday bringing some rain to the region. Highs will stay in the 40s.