Reporting Mike Xirinachs
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — After two major blasts of snow, a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain iced over roads, driveways and sidewalks across the Tri-State area on Tuesday, making for a slippery and messy morning commute.
The treacherous weather conditions also led to another round of school closings. Search for your school here.
New York City streets and sidewalks were a slushy mess Tuesday morning, with pedestrians forced to cross large watery accumulations at street corners, and icy stretches of sidewalks were like Slip n’ Slides. Cars passing by intersections threw up gobs of slush onto anyone standing too close to the street.
The metro New York City area got 1 to 2 inches of snow and sleet by early morning. It was followed by an inch of ice before turning to all rain by late morning.
Slightly more accumulations were forecast for parts of northeastern New Jersey, Rockland and Westchester counties and the lower Hudson Valley. Eastern Long Island was expected to get less than an inch of snow and sleet.
After a Christmas weekend blizzard dumped 20 inches of snow on New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was criticized for the slow cleanup. This time his Department of Sanitation says it has salt spreaders ready.
Tuesday will reach a high of 38. Rain and drizzle were expected Tuesday night. Wednesday will bring warmer temperatures and a high of 42.
Travelers faced delays at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Continental said it halted its flights at Newark because of freezing rain and snow.
Dozens of collisions were reported in Connecticut, including a crash between a southbound Amtrak train and a FedEx truck that became stuck at a Wallingford crossing.
Wallingford fire officials said none of the train’s 90 passengers were injured, and the truck’s driver was already out before the slow-moving train hit.
In upstate New York, most schools from the Albany area south to Orange County were closed or delayed. The eastern half of the state was expected to get up to 8 inches of snow, along with freezing rain and sleet.
Rail service was also affected due to ice. Metro-North Railroad reported up to 40-minute delays on some lines.
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