NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Tri-State Area residents were digging out Friday after a fierce winter storm dumped up to a foot of snow and brought freezing cold temperatures to the region.
Friday night’s forecast calls for clear skies, but bitterly cold temperatures. In Midtown, the low was predicted to hit just 5 degrees. Some suburbs of New York City could see temperatures reach to 3 degrees below zero.
Officials said the wind chill remains a significant factor in how it actually feels outside.
There is a wind chill advisory in effect until 9 a.m. for parts of Connecticut, and New York, including Dutchess, Ulster and Sullivan counties.
Wind chill temperatures are expected to reach between 15 and 24 degrees below zero, bringing a high risk of hypothermia and frostbite for anyone outside for too long, according to the National Weather Service.
As for the snow from that lasted from Thursday night’s into mid-Friday morning, Bedford Park in the Bronx was on record with New York City’s highest snow total — 11.6 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Central Park recorded 6 inches.
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“Stay safe, stay warm, stay indoors,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a Friday morning news conference in Queens.
Some parts of Long Island were buried in more than a foot of snow. Bay Shore in Suffolk County received the most snow in the region with 12.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Speaking Friday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it appeared most people heeded the warning to stay home.
“I think the response has been good all across the state and New York City also. And, again, the proof is in the pudding in a lot of ways,” Cuomo said during a late-morning conference call with reporters. “So I say kudos all around.”
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The MTA announced Friday that all subway lines will run local service overnight into Saturday morning.
In a statement the agency said the switch from express to local service was so that crews can remove snow and ice from outdoor subway storage yards. In order to allow crews access, subway cars will be stored on the express tracks of underground tunnels.
The storm rolled in just a day after de Blasio was sworn into office. He said he wished his administration had a little bit more time to prepare.
“It would have been nice to have a talk about how to handle a snow storm in the abstract, but that didn’t happen,” he said.
Early Friday morning, de Blasio shoveled the sidewalk outside his Park Slope home.
Wearing a black jacket and gloves, he joked with reporters and demonstrated proper shoveling techniques. He later brought out salt to spread on the walk.