NEW YORK — The area's fourth nor'easter this month threatens to dump more than a foot of snow in the region, cause dangerous driving conditions and disrupt the commute throughout Wednesday.
In NYC, up to a foot of snow is possible, although 4 to 8 inches is more likely as highs will climb past the freezing mark. A snow alert is in effect, meaning the city's Department of Sanitation is working with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation on snow clearing protocol.
Mayor Bill de Blasio asks those traveling to "exercise caution" and avoid driving if possible.
New Jersey could see up to 14 inches, prompting Gov. Phil Murphy to declare a state of emergency that asks people not leave their homes unless necessary.
"Please do not head out into the snow unless you absolutely have to," Murphy said. "Please give the local, county, and state crews the chance to work unimpeded to get our roads and highways clear."
Despite calls to stay home, many will likely hit the roads Wednesday.
A winter storm warning states the weather will make travel “very hazardous or impossible,” in New York City, Long Island, northeast New Jersey and all of Connecticut, according to the National Weather Service.
Once snow does begin to fall, those driving in NYC can track which roads have been plowed by clicking here.
Also in NYC, alternate side parking rules are suspended Wednesday and Thursday because of the impending weather. Meter rules still apply.
Multiple crashes occurred Wednesday morning. It is not clear if any or all are weather related.
On the eastbound Long Island Expressway, all lanes are closed at exit 35 after a crash involving multiple vehicles, including two tractor-trailers, according to local police
- Kennedy Airport: About 618 flights have been canceled
- LaGuardia Airport: Airport officials say all flights are canceled Wednesday; about 850 flights had been canceled as of 10:45 a.m.
- Newark Airport: About 845, or nearly three-quarters of flights, have been canceled
People are advised to confirm their flight status before arriving at airports.
Bus service nationwide will be suspended at 3 p.m. because of the storm. Click here for more information.
Cross-honoring is in effect on NJ Transit bus, private bus carriers, rail and light rail, and PATH at Newark, Hoboken and 33rd St. in New York. As of Wednesday morning, cross-honoring was not expected on NY Waterway ferries.
- Rail delays and cancellations are possible
- All Access Link service will be suspended statewide Wednesday
- Customers taking Bus Route Nos. 196/197, NJ Transit rail will cross-honor bus passes and tickets on the Port Jervis Line trains to and from Harriman, Tuxedo and Sloatsburg. Bus service to and from Warwick, N.Y.will originate and terminate at West Milford Park and Ride. Bus 196 will operate on a snow detour and will not operate on Skyline Drive. Short Line Bus will not operate in in Orange County.
The railroad will operate reduced service. If weather conditions worsen, service suspension is possible.
The Rockaway Route is suspended Wednesday. Rockaway shuttle buses will be redirected to take riders to the nearest train station located at Beach 108 Street.
All other routes are operating on a normal schedule, but may be impacted by later in the day as the storm worsens.
Very few weather-related delays have been reported so far.
- Northbound N trains are running local in Brooklyn from 59 St. to 36 St.
- 148 St-bound 3 trains will operate local from Times Square-42 St. to 96 St.
- All limited bus routes will be running local during the snow event
- Queens local, select and express buses are running with delays in both directions because of inclement weather conditions
- Q114 buses are detoured because of icing on Brookville Blvd.
- M11 buses are detoured in both directions because of hazardous road conditions
Service will be limited Wednesday.