Photos: Massive storm brings nearly a foot of snow to tri-state area

NEW YORK — People woke up to winter wonderland Thursday morning when a massive storm brought nearly a foot of snow or more to the tri-state area.

Snow began to fall at a rapid pace in the morning, with up to 3 inches an hour in some areas. A winter storm warning was in effect for the tri-state area until 5 p.m. Nassau and Suffolk counties, where the storm hit the hardest, were under a blizzard warning until 6 p.m., when the snow began to taper off.

About 9 inches of snow had fallen in New York City by noon. Queens received the most storm by Thursday night with 13 inches. The rest of the borough had 7 to 9 inches of snow on the ground by the end of the day,

Suffolk County on Long Island got the most snow in the tri-state with 15 inches of snow in Bohemia and 14.4 inches in Farmingville.

Despite the blizzard-like conditions, the snow didn’t stopped New Yorkers from going outside. One person was seen holding a snowboard and heading to the park in the Lower East Side.

PIX11 viewers shared photos of the snow day in their area, from Long Island, to parts of New Jersey and New York City. See all of them here. Schools throughout the tri-state area were closed due to the winter blast.

Mayor Bill de Blasio advised people to stay off the snow-covered roads as sanitation crews worked on clearing and salting the roads. The mayor urged people to take public transportation if they wanted to go out.