Snow was still falling in Hoboken, early Thursday morning.

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New York Digs Out After ‘Nuisance’ Fourth Nor’easter

March 22, 2018 - 10:50 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Thursday was time for a big dig, after the fourth nor'easter this month dumped up to a foot of snow, and more in some parts of the New York area.

There was a little more than 8 inches in Central Park, but Long Island was the hardest hit with 19 inches falling in Bay Shore and Patchogue getting 20.

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Commuters woke up to regular weekday service on NJ TRANSIT, with Access Link resuming at noon. Normal service with some delays was restored on LIRR as well. Mass transit riders were advised to build in extra travel time, and to check the status of systems before their trips.

Airports were expecting some changes as they attempted to dig out. Newark had over 130 flights cancelled. La Guardia expected most flights to operate, but said cancellations were likely. There were at least 90 cancellations expected at Kennedy.

New York City schools were open on Thursday.

Most people are out trying to resume their lives. Frank was getting coffee, he believes it's no big deal and blamed the media.

"They just make it very worse, it's a joke. Yesterday was nothing, today was worse. They close all the schools yesterday, meanwhile today my wife's gotta go to work it's a nightmare," he said. "They make you so scared, there's nothing wrong. Yesterday was fine, half the people didn't show up for work yesterday."

Suffolk County really bore the brunt of the storm. In addition to Bay Shore and Patchogue's big totals, Brentwood got 18 inches. Along the shore, folks are concerned about flooding when the snow melts.

A winter storm warning remained in effect for Long Island until 8 a.m. and it snowed steadily into Thursday morning.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said main roads are passable, but side roads are still a little messy.

"If people can stay off the roads, particularly this morning, the best they can it will help us clear those roadways. The weather is going to help us, the temperature is going to help us as the morning goes on and into the afternoon. We'll be out there all day clearing those roads," he said.

In Freeport, in Nassau County, Mayor Robert Kennedy thinks they handled the storm pretty well.

"I think people listened to the message to take the cars off the road last night, park them in the municipal parking lots. All our rules and regulations were suspended for the storm so we could get these roads clear," he said.

The weather was partially responsible for a second death. A woman died of a heart attack while shoveling snow in Bellmore. Another person was killed in a car accident during the storm on Wednesday.

The streets in Brooklyn were clear already, Thursday morning, while shovels and snowblowers were out in attack mode.

Jeff was slogging through the slush, and said all in all everything was in pretty good shape -- except for the falling snowballs.

"The trees look nice, but they will land on your head while you're walking," he said.

In New Jersey, residents said the 'four'easter' didn't live up to the hype.

Paul from Summit said I-78 was in perfect condition for his commute to Hoboken.

"It was just fine, wasn't half as bad as the last one," he said.

The storm was more of a nuisance to many. Ryan said he went to work in the city and didn't have any problems with his commute, but his mood is a different story. Snow fatigue is setting in.

"I'm looking forward to warm weather," he said.

Past storms resulted in a rash of lengthy outages in New York and New Jersey. This time around the numbers weren't quite as bad.

New Jersey has tens-of-thousands of power outages -- most in JCP&L's service area in south Jersey. Long Island has about 2,000. The northern suburbs had scattered outages, and most of north Jersey did okay as well.