A Wintry Mix Expected To Hit New York

According to ABC New York, a winter weather advisory is in effect for parts of the Tri-State Area. A mix of sleet, rain, and snow has already begun to fall in some areas and is expected to continue into Monday morning. The Weather Channel named the winter storm Clay.

The advisory went into effect at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and will continue through 7 a.m. Monday morning.

Meteorologist Jeff Smith reports that the city could see up to an inch of snow before it switches to rain.

One to three inches of snow is expected to hit the northern and western sides of the city, causing a potentially messy work commute Monday morning. ABC reports the Catskills are expected to accumulate as much as three to five inches.

The National Weather Service expanded its winter weather advisory to New Jersey. The expanded advisory will include Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties in addition to the western part of Passaic County.

At 2:30 p.m., a weather alert for Erie Country was sent out warning drivers that road conditions will deteriorate early in the evening. According to WGRZ, a steady light snow will continue to fall throughout the evening across western New York, the Genesee Valley, and the western Finger Lakes.

Certain roads in parts of New Jersey, such as Boonton, were said to be icy and packed with snow on Sunday evening. According to ABC 7, the RoadCam7 truck ran into a few problems when trying to come down a hill; the truck was eventually rescued by the fire department.

ABC 7 reporter CeFann Kim tweeted a photo of the truck, writing “Don’t do what we did! Got stuck on snow covered steep road in Boonton in @ABC7NY RoadCam. Started sliding off road!”

Kim tweeted updates as the fire department freed their truck from the ice.

“We are now free!” Kim wrote.

“RoadCam back on the road. Thank you again to Boonton police, fire, and DOT.”

Brian Montgomery, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany, told the Times Union that this snow will be the largest single event for the season thus far – not including the unusual localized heavy snow that hit Saratoga, Albany, and Rensselaer in November.

In January, New York experienced its second largest winter storm in the city’s history. According to ABC 7, Central Park’s weather station recorded 26.8 inches of snow from the storm.

“This is a storm of a lifetime,” said Meteorologist Jeff Smith.

The storm caused a city-wide travel ban – including the shutdown of MTA buses and the closure of above-ground subway lines throughout New York. ABC 7 reports three people – two in Queens and one on Staten Island – died while shoveling snow.

In addition, Mayor de Blasio suspended alternate side parking regulations through February 1.

“Leave your car where it is, therefore you don’t need to shovel and you don’t need to throw the snow in the middle of the street,” Blasio said.

“It is still dangerous out there.”

Blasio reminded residents to stay off of the streets.

“There is a lot of work being done to get the city up and running for Monday, so we need people off the streets,” he continued.

The following schools are expected to have a delay:

  • Dover School District – Morris County – two-hour delay
  • Jefferson Twp Public Schools – two-hour delay
  • Lafayette Township School District
  • Mendham Borough Schools – two-hour delay
  • Morris Co. Vocational School Dist. – two-hour delay
  • Morris Hills Regional School Dist. – two-hour delay
  • Arlington School District – 90-minute delay
  • Northern Hills Academy – 90-minute delay
  • Randolph Township Public Schools – 90-minute delay
  • West Milford Twp. Public Schools – 90-minute delay
  • Wharton Borough School District – two-hour delay

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