NYC OEM Issues Travel Advisory In Advance Of Storm; NJ TRANSIT To Cross-Honor

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) —  A nor’easter was bearing down on the Tri-State Area late Monday, and was set to blow in and bring heavy rain just in time for the Tuesday morning rush.

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Conditions were cold and windy but dry Monday evening. Overnight, a light to moderate rain was expected to overtake the area.

As 1010 WINS reported, Tuesday was expected to be a very stormy, windy, and rainy day for the New York area.

It was not expected to be a big snowfall event, CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn explained. But snow is expected in some areas north and west.

Wind gusts could hit 55 mph, and may threaten trees around the Tri-State area.

The New York City Office of Emergency Management has issued a travel advisory for Tuesday through Wednesday and has has activated its flash flood plan in anticipation of the storm.

Tuesday morning’s rush is looking wet with the heaviest of the rain towards the tail end, right into the middle part of the afternoon.

“Please be careful when you’re on the roads, especially around ponded water. You don’t know what’s under that or how deep it is,” said New Jersey’s OEM external affairs officer. “And we ask that you follow detours; turn around, don’t drown.”

Parts of northwestern New Jersey can expect up to six inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

NJ TRANSIT will implement system-wide cross-honoring of transit passes and tickets for Tuesday due to the impending Nor’easter.

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New Jersey residents prepped for the storm by heading to the local grocery store Monday, 1010 WINS’ Rebecca Granet reported.

“Ice cream, goodies, lots of eggs and breakfast stuff,” said Mary Beth.

Winds during the middle part of the day will be rather gusty with 40 mph or more gusts in the city; 50-60 mph across Long Island.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority worked ahead of time to clear drains, remove trash and make repairs.

New York City Transit dispatched additional cleaning crews to keep tracks free and clear of debris that could clog drains and allow buildup of water that could be enough to stop service.

“We depend on forecasting services to give us a heads up when inclement weather is heading our way and then we are able to effectively deploy the personnel and equipment needed to keep service moving,” Senior Vice President of Subways Joseph Leader said in a news release.

Meanwhile, the New York City Department of Buildings says builders, contractors and property owners should secure their construction sites and buildings.

And Public Service Electric & Gas in New Jersey and PSEG Long Island both said they would have personnel and equipment ready to respond for possible outages.

The rain will lighten up a bit into the mid to late afternoon hours with residual flooding still possible.

Flood watches are in effect from Tuesday morning through late Tuesday night for most of the Tri-State.

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