Tri-state region digs out after storm closes schools, slows commute

NEW YORK — Businesses and homeowners across the northeastern U.S. are digging out after an overnight snowstorm that closed schools and slowed the morning commute.

The storm, which hit the hardest in the early morning hours of Monday, dumped more than a foot of fresh snow on a large swath of New England, hitting some areas that had gotten off relatively unscathed for most of the winter.

Pomfret, Connecticut, had 16 ½ inches and Burrillville, Rhode Island, got 17 inches.

A slushy snow totaling 5 inches fell in New York City's Central Park, on the low end of what was forecast, but enough for Mayor Bill de Blasio to close schools and suspend alternate-side street parking rules would be suspended Monday and Tuesday.

As of early Monday morning, thousands of people were also without power due to the heavy, wet snow including nearly 60,000 customers throughout New England.

Multiple electric and gas utility companies reported the following power outages across tri-state area households:

  • New York City: 1,171
  • Westchester: 2,977
  • JCP&L New Jersey: 7,428
  • PSE&G New Jersey: 4,404

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for all 21 counties.

Drivers are still urged to stay off the street and use public transportation if possible.  The New York City Emergency Management Department issued a hazardous travel advisory. New Jersey Transit says public transportation will be running on normal, weekday schedules.

LaGuardia Airport issued 166 flight cancellations and 8 delays, while John F. Kennedy International Airport issued 57 cancellations and 55 delays Monday morning. Newark Liberty Airport cancelled 74 flights and issued 22 delays.

The city's Department of Sanitation said it loaded 695 salt spreaders across the five boroughs.

It will be windy and cold with highs mostly in the 30s as the storm continues to move out. Then even colder air comes pouring in for the middle week. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will feature a mix of clouds and sun. There may be some flurries and temperatures running 10 to 20 degrees below average.

Highs will only be in the 20s and nights will feature temperatures in the teens and single digits. So whatever snow is on the ground looks like it will stick around for a few days.

It will turn milder late in the week and the next storm is on the way for either Friday or Saturday — again.

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