NEW YORK — Icy conditions in the tri-state area Wednesday led to several crashes and road closures across New York and New Jersey as well as at least one death in Westchester County, authorities said.
There were scattered pockets of light freezing rain Wednesday morning, which caused slick roads and pockets of ice on streets in some areas.
Icy conditions have also prompted several schools in the region to delay openings.
Westchester County police confirmed one person was killed early Wednesday in a crash on the ramp connecting the eastbound Cross County Parkway to the northbound Bronx River Parkway.
The ramp was to remain closed for several hours as a result of the crash investigation.
Also in Westchester, police shared a photo from a large pile up on the north side of the Hutchinson River Parkway, in the vicinity of Boston Post Road in Pelham.
“Fortunately, no serious injuries reported at this time. This area remains closed for debris cleanup and vehicle removal,” the Westchester County Police wrote on Twitter.
Bee-Line buses and Para-Transit in Westchester County are temporarily suspended until further notice.
New Jersey Department of Transportation warned motorists of freezing rain and melted snow, advising them to “use extra caution, go slow and assume wet pavement is black ice.”
Crashes are reported across parts of the region.
At least six people were injured following a multi-vehicle crash in the Eatontown/Tinton Falls area, according to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.
People have been advised to stay clear of the off ramp from Routes 18 South and 36 East.
Rt 3 westbound all lanes closed West of Hackensack River Bridge in East Rutherford due to a crash investigation. Follow detour or plan alternate route
The Goethals Bridge New Jersey-bound lanes remain closed. New York-bound lanes have since reopened following an earlier closure.
In South Brunswick, New Jersey, police advised motorists to stay off the roads Wednesday morning due to “very hazardous roads.”
Authorities there said that between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. there were 50 vehicles involved in 38 motor vehicle crashes and motorist assists. Two people were injured in the crashes, police said.
Additionally, 12 roads in the area had to be shut down due to the dangerous conditions.
The Yonkers Police Department in Westchester County advised people not to drive if they don’t have to and plan accordingly.
In Nassau County, a 15-car collision at the Rosyln Viaduct has primoted all lanes of Northern Boulevard in that area to be closed. All lanes of Northern Boulevard are also closed between Mill River Road and Remsen Lane in Muttontown due to icy roads. Motorists should use alternate roadways.
In East Rutherford, severe icing conditions have caused multiple crashes, causing mulitple lanes of Rt. 3 and Rt. 120 impassable and to “avoid travel.”
Parsippany police have also asked motorists to refrain from driving until later in the morning as they have responded to numerous accidents around the town.
In Westport, Connecticut, emergency responders were seen assisting a vehicle that appeared to have driven off the side of the road.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for New York CIty, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and Orange counties in New York.
Winter weather advisories have also been issued for eastern Bergen, eastern Essex, eastern Passaic, eastern Union, Hudson, western Bergen, western Essex, western Passaic, western Union, Hunterson, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties.