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Tri-State Area Tackling Yet Another Snowstorm

NEW YORK (CBS New York) — If you’ve lost count, the sixth major snowstorm of the new year is pounding the Tri-State area.

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In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared a weather emergency and said that a decision on whether to close public schools will be made at 5 a.m. Thursday. Some schools across the Tri-State area closed early Wednesday.

City officials said that any car found blocking roadways or impeding the ability to plow streets may be towed at the owner’s expense. Alternate-side parking is suspended until further notice.

During December’s blizzard, no snow emergency was called, and abandoned cars delayed the progress of plows. Hundreds of buses and ambulances ended up stuck on unplowed streets, and city leaders took heavy criticism for their slow work.

WCBS 880 LI Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs with commuters in Hicksville

On Long Island, homeowners were being told to get their cars off the road and put in their driveways because plows can’t do a good job of clearing the roads if vehicles are parked in the street.

“We try to get close to the curbs as we can as we do plow but when cars are parked there it just allows the driver of the plow to move out more into the street and then people complain the streets aren’t plowed correctly,” Rick Gimble, director of emergency management for the Town of Islip, said.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera with officials who are imploring Long Islanders who have driveways to use them

The stormy weather was causing some airport delays and cancellations Wednesday morning. There were also delays at Newark Liberty International Airport and one hour delays on arrivals at LaGuardia Airport.

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Northern State Parkway in Roslyn, L.I. (Photo/Mona Rivera)

Motorists across the Tri-State area are facing limited visibility and slick conditions from snow in the first wave. The speed limit has been reduced on the New Jersey Turnpike and at Delaware River crossings.

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WCBS 880 Reporter Monica Miller gets tips for winter driving

Motorists are being advised to clear their cars of snow and ice before driving. On Monday, a New Jersey woman was injured after ice from a passing box truck smashed through the windshield of her Jeep Wrangler. Drivers are also encouraged to winterize their vehicles, check tire treads, replace cracked or brittle windshield wiper blades, and wear warm clothing in case their vehicles break down.

The streets and sidewalks in Bergen County were pre-treated with a briny mixture of salt and water that resembles pickle juice. It costs just seven cents a gallon compared to $63 a ton for salt, and any cost-saving measure is worth a shot these days.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane in Greenwich bracing for more snow

The state of New Jersey has already capped out its $20 million snow budget and New York City blew through its $38 million budget before the first of the year. Still, with yet another storm here, the job has to get done somehow. “Our first job is to make sure that the snow gets removed. It will get removed,” Gov. Chris Christie said.

NJ Transit buses and trains will cross-honor passes Wednesday and Thursday. Click here for more traffic and transit updates.

The National Weather Service placed the entire Tri-State under a winter storm warning, set to expire Thursday morning at 4 a.m. for New Jersey, and 6 a.m. for New York and Connecticut.

Are you tired of the snow yet? Leave a comment below.


One Comment

  1. Paul Polar says:

    More snow please and a blizzard! I love winter!

  2. Tony says:

    I am beyond tired of seeing the snow….where’s the warmer weather ?

  3. Peter Schwarz says:

    Suck my snow balls!

  4. Ken says:

    ‘It costs just seven cents a gallon compared to $63 a ton for salt’ That is a little over three cents per pound for salt. So how do you compare spraying a gallon of liquid with a pound of salt.

  5. kiml says:

    Latest news, Bloomie is sending out helicopters to rescue everyone.

  6. Schmellma Arss says:

    Let the little buggers go to school, they don’t learn anything anyway. Then they grow up to be little Bloombergs, goose stepping their way into our little lives. By the way, anyone catch Bin Laden yet?

  7. ConcernedMom says:

    I totally agree. The Mayor does not care about the safety of our children

  8. Ellen says:

    Hasn’t snowed yet in the Boston area. Further north you go the less snow. New Hampshire is going to get only 6 to 9 inches of snow while Boston gets over 9 to 12.

  9. Bridget King says:

    Mayor Bloomberg declares a weather emergency and does not want New Yorkers driving around well then why is it safe to have our children out driving around in this on the school bus. He is pretty unrealistic waiting until 5 am to decide to close schools. He needs to start relating to the everyday people of NYC and come down off of his high unrealistic horse.

  10. sb says:

    @ dr jane goodall lol you funny girl 😉

  11. Jeanne says:

    I like the snow, but it is hard on people who have trouble walking and use wheel chairs. As for school closings, I wish announcements were made at 4 am. Many school staff and a few students are already traveling by 5 am.

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  13. David Flores says:

    its winter people, get over it

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  14. Dr. Jane Goodall says:

    I am just praying every day to little black Jesus that he brings spring early this year!!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Why isn’t winter funnn???!!!!!!!

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