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First Snow Of The Season Makes For Messy Morning Commute

Mid-November Snowfall Caught Many By Surprise

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The first snow of the season dusted the Tri-State area Tuesday, making for a messy morning commute.

The mid-November snowfall caught many by surprise and continued steadily through rush hour.

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“I like it a little cool, but I don’t like snow,” a woman from Bayside, Queens told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg. “This is a little bit too much, so suddenly and so quick, I don’t like it.”

“I’ve been wearing spring clothes up until now and today it was like pull out the winter clothes and the hood,” a Mt. Kisco resident told WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane.

“I don’t know what’s going on with this weather,” a man from the Bronx told 1010 WINS’ John Montone.

Rain early Monday morning turned to snow shortly after sunrise, coating the grass and sidewalks with a slick glimpse of winter.

The wet weather also caused delays for Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road trains throughout the morning due to slippery rail conditions.

Most areas only received a trace or dusting of snow, but a few places had enough to measure. An inch and a half fell in Shelton, Conn. and 2.3 inches of snow fell in Armonk, N.Y.

By this time last year, there was already 4.7 inches of snow on the ground in Central Park and a number of other locations, so the start of this year’s snow season is late and mild by comparison.

Still, some people hope the next snowfall is at least a month away.

“For an 86-year-old guy, I don’t like it,” Woodbury resident Irv Greenberg told CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown. “My grandchildren love it.”

“They could go back another month or two, like maybe to January, and then maybe have snow. But right now, I’m not appreciating it,” said Sparta, New Jersey resident Michael Hallack.

Others were happy to see the snow.

“I love the snow because I love the changing of the seasons so I think it’s nice,” Oak Ridge resident Terry Pessagno told CBS 2′s Elise Finch.

Temperatures are expected to drop throughout the day. A freeze warning is in effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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