NEW YORK (PIX11) — Near-blizzard conditions were reported in parts of eastern Brooklyn and Queens as well as on Long Island Saturday morning as a powerful nor’easter slammed the tri-state area with heavy snow and dangerous wind.
The National Weather Service issued Blizzard Warnings for eastern Long Island and the Jersey Shore, as winds of over 50 mph and heavy snow caused white-out conditions. New York City and the surrounding suburbs were under a Winter Storm Warning.
The National Weather Service preliminarily confirmed blizzard conditions across Suffolk County and in New London, Connecticut. Blizzard conditions include blowing snow with winds above 35 mph and less than a quarter-mile visibility for three or more hours.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy issued states of emergency ahead of the storm’s arrival. Residents across the tri-state area were urged to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel.
“Gusts of wind could create white-out conditions,” Hochul said during a storm briefing on Saturday afternoon. “This is not a time to be out there shopping.”
New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared a “code blue” to ensure no one who is homeless and seeking shelter in the city will be denied.
Out on Long Island, which took the biggest hit from the storm, Suffolk County authorities said police responded to nearly 60 crashes overnight and early Saturday morning.
Treacherous conditions endured north of the city as well. I-95 was shut down for several hours after a collision; no serious injuries were reported.
Some Westchester residents, like Chris Krol, told PIX11 News they were optimistic about the “light, fluffy” snowfall. Krol said it made cleanup a lot easier.
By mid-afternoon, snow had subsided in New Rochelle, giving residents a sigh of relief.
Snow began to fall across the region Friday night, but the heaviest snowfall started early Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Some areas experienced 3 inches per hour, per the NWS. Strong winds will create blowing and drifting snow.
Storm conditions on Long Island were remained intense through about 2 p.m. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone urged Long Islanders to stay home and stay off the “treacherous” roads.
The snow tapered off in northern New Jersey, New York City, and surrounding areas in the early afternoon. However, the snowfall will lingered on Long Island, particularly on the East End until the evening.
A nor’easter brought at least a foot of snow to parts of New York and New Jersey early Saturday morning, and the snow totals only grew as the day continued. Records were broken across the region as well — Islip topped the list with 24.7 inches total.
In Manhattan, totals in Central Park hit 8.3 inches. And with all that snow, many families made the best of it and had fun. PIX11 News photojournalist Darren McQuade has a look below: