HARRISON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Residents in Westchester County were hit with harsh weather Thursday as a winter storm swept the Tri-State.
It began snowing shortly after 4 a.m. in Harrison, as temperatures dropped overnight.
By Thursday evening, Bee-Line Bus service resumed after a four-hour suspension during the worst of the storm.
As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, it was a double dose of snow woes on Mamaroneck Avenue. First, a bus bound for White Plains got stuck.
“I was on that bus. He got stuck, they told me I should turn back,” Jevonn Allen said.
When Allen walked across to the bus heading the opposite way, it got stuck too.
“The front goes this way, the back goes the opposite way,” bus driver Michael Mazzarello said.
In Port Chester, one car slid off Post Road and struck a utility pole.
“My car got drifted, I couldn’t get control, and it got hit,” the driver said.
In north central Westchester, Interstate 684 lived up to its reputation for treacherous conditions during snow storms. Several cars slide off the road onto the shoulder.
“If you get too close to the snow bank, it will drift you right into it, and then you get stuck,” driver Charles Gonzalez said.
In White Plains, snow and couldn’t didn’t stop faithful postman Lou Oliva from his appointed rounds.
“My day’s only half done!” he said. “I still have to go home and clean everything up when I get home.”
As CBS2’s Lou Young reported, 60 plows were ready to roll in White Plains as early as late Wednesday afternoon. A fleet of brine trucks were also dispatched and a mountain of salt was waiting under a dome – plentiful given the winter that has been mild so far.
Due to the rate of snowfall, commuters faced some issues as plows moved to keep up with the storm.
“I left Scranton at 1:30 in the morning and the first hour heading this way was pretty bad — in the mountains area, the road was obliterated,” one commuter told CBS2’s Young. “It was hard to see the lane for a little bit, but New Jersey was good and I’m headed to Naugatuck and I’m going to get hunkered down before it really hits.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo even stepped in to help a stranded driver along the Sprain Brook Parkway. He knelt down in the snow and hooked a car so it could be pulled out of a drift.
Winter storm warnings were issued for all five New York City boroughs, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, as well as Westchester, Rockland, Columbia, Dutchess and Ulster counties until 6 p.m. Thursday.
Tandem trailers were restricted on I-84 until 4 p.m. Thursday through New York State from the Pennsylvania border to Connecticut. Construction projects on the new Tappan Zee Bridge were also being secured and monitored throughout the storm, with emergency vehicles on standby.
Stay with CBSNewYork.com for complete storm coverage throughout the day.