Another Round Of Winter Weather Hits The Tri-State Area
NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — The snow plows are out and hitting the roads once again. Snow covered streets and an icy landscape have become the norm this winter and more snow is poised to top off the piles that are already there.
“I wasn’t expecting this. It said ‘showers’ on my phone and I said ‘no, we’re done,’” Floyd Tigney said.
Snow fatigue has hit and with more flurries coming down through the night people are beginning to wonder when the seemingly constant snow will let up.
Plows in towns throughout the area were out in force using every ounce of manpower and every pound of salt on Sunday night.
“We got another shipment last night and it was one of those, oh thank god,” Paterson Mayor Jeffrey Jones said.
Mayor Jones said that a massive salt shortage last week has caused his city to play catch up.
“In one case we got 27 tons and we were expecting 300 tons. We had a 700 ton order and I think we got 100 tons on that,” he said.
The remnants of last week’s storm have also proved dangerous. Snow and ice have flown off of vehicles and smashed windshields on other cars. In New York, there is no law that forces drivers to clear their cars off before hitting the road.
In New Jersey, motorists face some of the strictest laws in the area regarding snow removal. A law that took effect in 2013 requires drivers to completely clear snow and ice from their cars or face hefty fines.
Drivers said that slippery roads have made it tough to drive and that fresh snow is going to cause more problems.
“It’s already annoying so more snow, it’s complicated,” Hugo Avanto said.
In New York, the Office of Emergency Management has already issued a travel advisory for Monday morning. Forecasters are calling for 1 to 2 inches of snow with temperatures remaining below freezing on Monday and Tuesday.
Drivers have been advised to use major streets and highways whenever possible, drive slowly, and to keep the name and phone number of a local towing service in their cars.
Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Monday, to facilitate snow removal. Payment at parking meters will remain in effect.
The OEM has also asked pedestrians to avoid slippery surfaces, wear layers, and to be aware of cars particularly when crossing intersections.
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