Frigid Temps Move In After First Storm Of Year Covers Tri-State With Snow

Wind Chills Of Minus-15 To Minus-25 Possible To The North Of New York City

“They have to be careful.  They have to drive a little bit slower.  They have to avoid any hilly streets, or steep hills in particular, or don’t go too fast around curves because it will be slippery out there,” Doherty said.

Residents in New York City told 1010 WINS’ John Montone they were pleased with sanitation’s job so far.

One resident even gave the city an A- grade for the storm response, saying the only way the city could get an A would be if someone came to shovel his car out for him, Montone reported.

Despite repeated warnings from the mayor and many city officials to stay inside, residents flocked to parks and hillsides for some fun in the snow, CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported.

“Just wanted to get some fresh air for a half hour, but it’s bitter,” Delphine Borredon said.

“I think he’s (de Blasio) right I certainly don’t want people to freeze and get frost bite and we certainly are not gonna spend too much time here,” Delphine Borredon told Gainer.

With temperatures dropping into the single digits Friday night, frostbite and hypothermia are certainly a real concern.

De Blasio said if residents do go outside, they shouldn’t stay out for long.

“People think sometimes it doesn’t feel so bad but if you stay out there too long it will feel bad and it will be dangerous particularly to folks who are vulnerable.”

The city Parks Department announced a day of snow activities in each of the five boroughs for Saturday.

Sleds will be available to borrow between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the five locations. There will be snow angel competitions, music and free hot chocolate.

The locations are Crotona Park in the Bronx, Prospect Park near Ninth Street in Brooklyn, Highbridge Park in Manhattan, Juniper Valley Park in Queens and Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island.

Some Long Island Towns Hit With More Than A Foot Of Snow

Gov. Cuomo ordered three major highways in the state, including the Long Island Expressway, closed overnight.

The Long Island Expressway reopened at 8 a.m. Friday after being closed through the night. It was originally scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m.

“I think it was a very clean cut decision last nigt. I think the facts have proven the intelligence of the decision.  You not only had high levels of snow, you had freezing temperatures and you had blowing snow, high winds.  The conditions were extraordinarily dangerous,” Cuomo said of his decision to close the highways.

More than a foot of snow fell in some Suffolk County towns which proved difficult for some residents to deal with, CBS 2’s Sonia Moghe reported.

“I broke my back last July, so I’m pretty handicapped right now. So, I can’t shovel,” Dan Cleary said.

Cleary was blown away when he walked outside and saw his neighbors clearing piles of snow from around his home.

The families who came out to help their neighbors said that they couldn’t sit back and watch others struggle.

“Just trying to help out people who can’t get out there and shovel and clean their walks,” Gary Arnold said.

“It’s just the way we were brought up here in Bay Shore. Bay Shore is just that type of town. It takes care of everybody and what our parents did for us it’s time to do for our parents,” Guy Leggio said.

More than a thousand flights have been canceled at all three New York-area airports.

Flights were suspended for a time at John F. Kennedy International Airport due to zero visibility and high winds. Flight operations resumed around 10:30 a.m. and the Port Authority said the first flight of the day took off from JFK shortly before 1 p.m.

Con Ed spokesman Sidney Alvarez said the electric utility was expecting the snowfall to be powdery, rather than wet and heavy.

“But with any type of snow you’re looking at extra weight on branches that can snap and bring power lines down,” Alvarez said.

PSEG Long Island, which just took over responsibility for the island’s electric grid on Wednesday, said the wind would add to the challenge of keeping the power on.

“We’re really worried about the gusts,” said spokesman Paul Rosengren. “When they’re 40-50 mph you have a danger of trees or limbs coming down on the power lines.”

PSEG representative Jeffery Weir told 1010 WINS that the company worked all night to bring power back to any customers who were without it.  Weir said the utility went from about 800 outages down to about 44 by Friday morning.

Gov. Cuomo tipped his hat to PSEG, saying the utility performed well during the storm.

“It’s a welcome relief after Long Island had to deal with LIPA for so many years, which, and LIPA’s performance in storm conditions was, let’s just say was less than admirable.  So PSEG really did a good job.” the governor said.

Across the region, state and local police were busy responding to accidents and reports of stranded vehicles.

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