NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A wintry mix is on the way for the Tri-State area as residents try to keep warm due to a blast of arctic air.

A winter weather advisory is set to go into effect at 3 a.m. Monday and last through 10 a.m. for all five boroughs of New York City and Long Island.

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The advisory is extended to 1 p.m. for coastal southern Connecticut and areas immediately north and west of the city.

New York City will most likely see a mostly ice and rain mixture before switching over to rain by mid-morning, CBS2 Meteorologist Elise Finch reported.

New York City Sanitation officials issued a snow alert ahead of the incoming storm, which is expected to bring snow, freezing rain and sleet to the area during morning rush hour.

The storm is expect to transition to rain by the afternoon, according to forecasters.

Sanitation Commissioner Kathleen Garcia told 1010 WINS a slushy storm presents its own challenges.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily any easier to drive in those conditions than in heavier snowfall,” she said. “The only thing is we do end up with fewer pieces of equipment compared to when we get into a plowable event. So we can’t plow until we’re getting up over 2 inches and closer to 3.”

Officials said crews are preparing salt spreaders, attaching snow plows and hooking up tire chains.

NJ TRANSIT will be cross-honoring tickets and passes systemwide Monday. Customers are asked to watch out for icy conditions while getting on and off buses and trains.

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