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Snow Blows Into Tri-State Area; Winter Weather Advisory In Effect

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Snow was blowing into the Tri-State Area Wednesday evening – and could dump up to 3 inches in some areas.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday for southern Nassau and Suffolk counties.

During the 9 p.m. hour, some areas were seeing light rainfall, but others were seeing flurries. The rain-snow line was steadily pushing southward, ensuring snow for everyone.

In New Jersey, a winter weather advisory has also been issued for Salem, Gloucester, Camden, Ocean and Burlington counties from until 3 a.m. Thursday.

CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn emphasized that this latest round of snow will be “just a drop in the bucket compared to last week.”

The snow is expected to clear the area by 4 a.m., with most areas seeing anything between a dusting to 3 inches of snow.

New York City will see a dusting to 1 inch of snow, while areas to the south might see 2 inches.

Parts of Ocean County, N.J., Suffolk County, and Nassau County may see as much as 3 inches of snow, but only in isolated spots, Quinn said.

Earlier National Weather Service estimates called for 5 inches of snow, but the highest forecast totals the NWS anticipated Wednesday night were 3 to 4 inches, on the Twin Forks of Long Island.

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Forecasters have said drivers should be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and should use caution if traveling.

The Long Island Rail Road provided eight additional eastbound trains in the afternoon to help customers get home ahead of the winter storm.

Meanwhile, the New York City Department of Sanitation issued a “snow alert” for Wednesday, meaning personnel will be readying equipment, including 365 salt spreaders and plows.

And residents of areas that were hit hard by the blizzard last weekend, such as eastern Long Island, were bracing themselves for another round of flakes.

“We’re a little sick of the snow here in Long Island,” one Smithtown resident said.

As 1010 WINS’ Holli Haerr reported Wednesday, residents were not making any special preparations for the Wednesday night storm, but just wondering what the ride to the train station would be like in the morning.

“This morning was very difficult. There was a water main break on Main Street, so Main Street was cut off. They had a lot of salt trucks out, and we had to kind of figure our way into the train station, so it seems like every day is a little bit of an obstacle course,” the woman from Smithtown said.

Right next to the train station, part of the bowling alley roof collapsed after the blizzard.

“It’s been an interesting time for Smithtown, but we’ll get through it,” the woman said.

Another system will be coming on from Friday night into Saturday, but Quinn said that 90 percent of weather models models are calling for the worst of the storm to be out in the ocean. Still, a trailing cold front might bring 1 to 3 inches of snow on Saturday morning, Quinn reported.

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