The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey beefed up staffing at airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH trains. Crews were out deploying some of the thousands of tons of salt and sand to help keep bridges, tunnels, airport roads and parking lots passable.
Meanwhile, NJ TRANSIT is offering full, systemwide cross-honoring during the storm. The cross-honoring will remain in effect through Wednesday, the agency announced.
As of late in the 6 p.m. hour, all NJ TRANSIT lines except the Atlantic City line were subject to 20- to 30-minute delays.
In Hoboken, drivers were reminded not to park on emergency snow routes labeled with street signs reading, “No Parking When Road Is Snow Covered.” A list of affected roads is available at http://www.hobokennj.org/snow.
Speed was reduced on the New Jersey Turnpike to 45 mph between Interchange 8 and the George Washington Bridge, the Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing.
In Hazlet, N.J., CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported that the steadily falling snow was slowing things down on Route 36.
Drivers were using caution due to the slick conditions and limited visibility.
“It’s a beautiful but it is a little bit treacherous so you have to make sure you go nice and slow,” one Hazlet resident told Sloan.
The snowfall and slick roads also messed up the bus schedule in Westchester County.
Motorist Jeff, who was driving from Boston to New Jersey, told 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten that the worst stretch of his trip was as he approached the Tappan Zee Bridge. “Off of 684 on to 87, I get on exit 9 it’s about 11 miles to the Tappan Zee. It took about 3 1/2 hours.”
The county says Bee-Line buses were suffering delays of up to an hour by early afternoon. Paratransit vehicles, which serve the disabled, were also running up to 60 minutes behind.
In addition, two Bee-Line routes, in hilly areas of Hastings and Yonkers, were detoured.
Many school districts in Westchester County also decided to release students early – much to the annoyance of parents who had to leave their jobs to make their pickups.
The schools make the midday closures reluctantly and know it is not popular, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported.
“It’s very hard to get parents on board with picking up children in the middle of the day,” said White Plains teacher Esta Berman-Price. “That’s’ why the superintendent rarely calls for early dismissal. It’s easier to have a late opening — a two-hour delay — than it is to send the children home.”
But the fear on Tuesday was that waiting would make the trip home too treacherous. One school reportedly waited until the last minute, and as Young reported, one New Rochelle mother was furious.
“I only got a notification to pick up my son at 11:36 in the morning, for a noon dismissal,” said Vanessa Sanchez.
But New Rochelle Acting Superintendent Jeff Korostoff said the decision to close early was made before 10:30 a.m.
In Livingston, N.J., some commuters were sent home early, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.
“That was nice. You know I think that was really the smart idea,” said Julie Reines. “People are just trying to be safe. Everyone knows it’s snowing. Everyone knows it’s accumulating.”
In Garden City, Long Island, Roosevelt Field Mall closed early due to the snow. The mall closed at 4:30 p.m., and has not made a decision as to reopening.
In Connecticut, New Canaan’s director of emergency services said the fact that the temperatures will drop into the frigid zone should mean fewer power outages.
“The good news about the power during this type of storm is the snow, because of the cold temperatures, is not very heavy, so hopefully, we won’t experience a great deal of power outages,” Mike Handler told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.
Handler said snowplows are ready, but there’s not much crews can do to prepare the roads because the snow is expected to be light and will blow around easily.
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