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Freezing Rain For N.J., Snow For Northern Suburbs Friday Morning

Freezing Rain Storm Creates Icy Commute For New Yorkers

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tri-State Area residents could be in for a rough commute Friday morning, as a storm system could bring snow and freezing rain to some areas.

A system of moisture is headed to the area, and while temperatures are rising, the ground is extremely cold due to the recent deep freeze, CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn reported.

No major precipitation events are forecast for New York City proper, although some wet snowflakes could be seen as the morning commute begins. But in central and western New Jersey and southwest all the way to Philadelphia, a freezing rain advisory was issued from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday.

Snow could begin for the area after midnight, changing to freezing rain before the morning commute. Precipitation will turn to all rain my mid-morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, areas north of the city are at risk for snow. Sparta could see 0.1 inches, Montgomery 1.9 inches, and Monticello 2.5 inches, Quinn reported.

The conditions may make for a slippery and treacherous drive on Friday morning, Quinn reported.

During the day, spotty showers are expected for everyone.

While the city is not expected to be hit with the brunt of the system, the New York City Department of Sanitation has still issued a snow alert for Friday beginning at 3 a.m.

The department has begun loading its 365 salt spreaders, attaching plows where necessary, preparing tire chains, and notifying supplementary personnel.

The department will work with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation to develop snow clearing protocol as needed. Weather response information can be found by calling 311 or going to http://www.nyc.gov/severeweather.

The high for Friday is expected to top out at a balmy 42. On Saturday, the high climbs to 57, but the day will be a washout with as much of an inch of rain, Quinn reported.

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