First Storm Of New Year Closes Schools, Slickens Roads

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Snow dusted the city Friday, less than two weeks after a post-Christmas blizzard paralyzed the city and its airports for days.

AccuWeather reported that the general accumulation for the Tri-State area was about 1-4 inches — a far cry from the 20-inch holiday storm.

Meanwhile, a potential Nor’easter could be on its way for Tuesday into Wednesday.

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With the accumulating snow over, residents were being warned of the potential for wet areas becoming icy.

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On the Hudson Valley, the snow may have been pretty to look at, but was treacherous to drive in.

Tow truck drivers were on the roads and hard at work Friday afternoon.

“People don’t slow down and you know they keep driving like they do, this is the outcome of it,” driver Sam Engerio told CBS 2’s Lou Young.

WCBS 880 Chief Meteorologist Craig Allen explains the weekend forecast that shows activity.

Many also re-learned the lesson that four-wheel drive didn’t make them invincible.

“Even with the truck and four-wheel drive, I was fishtailing all the way down — maximum speed 20 miles-per-hour. I would recommend just everyone stay home, stay off the road,” Lois Wilhelm said.

Snow totals were higher in some areas outside of the city.

Al Jones of 1010 WINS reported that White Plains saw between 5 and 6 inches of total accumulation.

“I’m hanging in there. Just getting rid of the ice, shovel it up — getting things together,” one man told Jones.

Christian Reyes was plowing snow at Post Road Elementary School, which was closed along with many others in White Plains.

“We got to keep it clean. We got to come in and do the job,” Reyes said.

Parts of Connecticut were still dealing with the first storm of the New Year Friday evening.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton told WCBS 880 that traffic has been “backed up all along I-84 for most of the afternoon.”

“Our crews are out there, they’re working hard and we’ll get it cleaned up,” he said.

Boughton also said that there have been some individuals leaving their cars and walking down exit ramps because of the horrible traffic.

“Part of the problem with that is that our plows can’t get up on the highway and do the work they have to do,” he said.

The National Weather Service also reported 5 inches on the ground in River Edge and Ridgewood in Bergen County, New Jersey as of 2 p.m.

1010 WINS Steve Sandberg reports on the slushy conditions on NJ roads

Saturday will see lingering flurries and blustery weather, along with a high of 31. The area could see an additional dusting to an inch of snow.

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  • Typo

    Worst Of Friday’s Storm Sytem Is Over.
    Surely you mean “System”

    • Takako Sumi

      Just heard the Whiny Millionaire shamelessly crowing about the city’s aggressive response and how he would have liked to see the same response during the storm. Yeah, like about 18 inches difference doesn’t mean anything. But wait, maybe the Whiny Millionaire can manipulate those numbers the same way he can test scores.

  • Relieved

    I guess the mayor can take credit for warding off the snow storm. Thank God he doen’t need to fine another scapegoat to blame this storm on.

    • KPMc

      I’m confused… How exactly is the STORM anyone’s fault? It’s an act of nature. It was the response that was in question. Why does the mayor have to hold EVERY city departments hand through everything?

      The DOS clearly decided to wield their power and not work two weeks ago. Now the mayor should have recognized and acknowledged that earlier but how are a union of selfish, lazy humps with the best deal in the city’s history his fault?

      They have been that powerful for at least 40 years that I know of because apparently citizens don’t care if Johnny can’t read, police can’t be found or fires burn out of control but don’t dare leave my garbage around. Pathetic!

  • Joe

    Why does the media insist on blowing weather systems like this out of proportion? Round 2 was the headline earlier today followed by a blurb to send in your storm photos. This was nothing! So irresponsible on their parts to try and get everyone worked up. Lets not call every weather system a storm until it produces at least 8 in of snow.

  • Ellen

    Nothing here as of yet in the Middlesex County of Massachusetts, but they are saying we will be getting snow tonight into Saturday. I was surprised that New York City didn’t get more from what all the weather guys up here were talking about, and still they don’t know how many inches of snow we will get, from anything from flurries to 6 inches of the white stuff.

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