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.
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.
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.
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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