NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Messy winter weather swept into the Tri-State Area Monday evening, and the sleet and freezing rain was expected to cause problems for the Tuesday morning commute.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. Tuesday for western Passaic, Morris, Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey, Rockland and northern Westchester counties in New York, and the interior areas of Connecticut.

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Freezing rain was hit Midtown Manhattan Monday evening, but by 8 p.m., the precipitation had been reduced to light liquid rain. But New York City did see its first official trace of snow for this winter season Monday night in Central Park.

The wintry mix of rain and sleet was expected to give way to all rain for New York City proper and areas to the south. For areas to the north, including Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties and much of northern New Jersey, snow and sleet were expected to continue but eventually to give way to rain, CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn reported.

Far north of the city, in Sullivan and Ulster counties, snow was expected – followed by an icy mix.

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Snowfall was expected to top out at .1 inches in the city, .8 inches in Montgomery, 1.1 inches in Monticello, and 1.2 inches in Poughkeepsie.

No ice accumulation was expected in the five boroughs, but .13 inches was expected in Monticello and in Sparta, New Jersey, and .1 inches was expected in Montgomery.

Rainfall was expected to top out at 1 inch in New York City and Montauk, 1.1 inches in Coram, and 1.2 inches in Trenton.

The New York City Department of Sanitation issued a snow alert, which began at 8 p.m. Monday, to prepare equipment and personnel for potential winter weather.

Preparations include loading salt spreaders, attaching plows, if needed, and other measures.

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