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Transit NIGHTMARE as snow, ice snarls subway, rail service

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The line to get into the 86th Street subway station. (Photo: James Ford/WPIX)

NEW YORK (PIX11) — A slushy mix of snow, ice and rain has caused a nightmare commute for those trying to get around in New York and New Jersey Wednesday morning.

The wintery mixed snarled subway service throughout the city, with some straphangers waiting in long lines outside above ground to get on trains.

PIX11 reporter snapped a photo of dozens of people waiting in the frozen rain at the 86th Street station, hoping to hop on a No. 4, 5 or 6 train. The MTA is citing “multiple issues in the Bronx” for the delays.

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Commuters struggle to enter the 86th Street subway station. (Photo: James Ford/WPIX)

Long Island Rail Road riders have not had it much easier. A small fire disabled a train east of the Bellerose station suspended service between Mineola and Jamaica. Riders were left stranded on the stalled train as they waited for a rescue train. Fallen trees are also causing issues system wide.

The New Jersey Transit system has its own slew of issues. Northeast Corridor and North N.J. Coast Line service were suspended in both directions due to overhead wire conditions. Riders should continue to expect residual delays.