Snow and ice: Winter weather advisory issued for NYC, NJ and CT

NEW YORK — A winter weather advisory is in effect for much of the tri-state as a mid-week storm brings snow and ice to the region.

The advisory lasts until 3 p.m. Wednesday for New York City as well as southern Fairfield, southern New Haven, southern New London, southern Middlesex, Hudson, eastern Bergen, eastern Essex, eastern Union and southern Westchester counties, the National Weather Service said.

Up to an inch of snow is expected in those areas along with a glaze to about one-tenth of an inch of ice.

The advisory will remain in place longer -- until 5 p.m. -- for northern Fairfield, northern New Haven, northern Middlesex, northern New Londson, eastern Passaic, western Bergen, western Essex, western Union, Rockland, and northern Westchester counties.

There, about 2 inches of snow is expected with localized amounts up to 5 inches in the very northern portions of Fairfield and New Haven counties. Ice accumulations up to one-tenth of an inch are also forecast.

In Putnam and western Passaic counties, a winter storm warning has been canceled and replaced with a winter storm advisory, set to last until 10 p.m. as 2 to 4 inches of snow and about one-tenth of an inch of ice is expected to coat those areas.

The snow arrived during the morning rush at about 8 a.m.

It'll mix with rain and change over to a wintry mix in New York City, Long Island and coastal New Jersey between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., but areas north and west can expect a slower transition to ice then to rain. Areas along the coast can expect rain only.

Drivers and pedestrians are urged to prepare for icy conditions and reduced visibility during the morning and evening commutes on Wednesday.