NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Another winter storm has battered the Tri-State, and could dump another 6 inches of heavy, wet snow as it enters its second day.
On Thursday, the snow gave way to a mess of rain, slush and glop. Early Friday morning, more snow was expected to fall.
A total of 2 to 4 additional inches of new snow are expected in the city and most surrounding areas through Friday morning, with isolated bands seeing an additional 4 to 6 inches.
The rare phenomenon of thundersnow is coming during the overnight hours, CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn reported.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Friday for much of the area.
As of 9 p.m., snowfall totals had reached 9.5 inches in Central Park; Glendale, Queens; and Great Kills, Staten Island; 8.5 inches in Astoria, Queens; and 5.5 inches at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
On Long Island, the forecast on Wednesday night called for the lowest totals. But many areas saw more than a foot of accumulation; Bayville saw a total of 14.6 inches.
And in New Jersey, a whopping 15 inches fell in Kearny.
The forecast calls for the snow to turn into a wintry mix or all rain in the late afternoon Thursday before changing back to snow. An additional 2 to 5 inches could fall Thursday evening.
By 10:45 a.m. Thursday, 9.5 inches had fallen in Central Park.
Mayor Bill de Blasio updated the storm response effort from Office of Emergency Management headquarters in Brooklyn Thursday morning. He said parts of the city could see 10 to 14 inches of snow by Thursday night, depending on neighborhood and other precipitation types that fall before nighttime.
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The mayor said there was about 5 to 8 inches of snow by the end of the morning commute, which was more than was projected by the National Weather Service.
“This storm sped up, this storm had more accumulation than was expected,” said de Blasio.
De Blasio defended his decision to keep public schools open, noting the forecast called for as little as 3 inches during the morning rush.