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Nor'easter Causes Traffic & Transit Delays, Flight Cancellations

March 07, 2018 - 11:30 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Heavy, wet snow and strong winds caused major headaches for Tri-State travelers Wednesday.

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There were delays and cancellations on several NJ TRANSIT lines Wednesday afternoon. On the Morris & Essex Line, Gladstone and Montclair Boonton Line train service was suspended in both directions due to overhead wire problems. NJT bus service was also suspended since 4:30 p.m., but will be back up and running starting at 4 a.m. Thursday.

Metro-North operated on a limited schedule but should be back to normal by morning.

"Metro-North is experiencing delays but none too significant," said MTA Chairman Joe Lhota. Lhota also told 1010 WINS express subway service will be impacted this evening but the commute looks good for Thursday morning. When asked what the biggest challenge has been with the storm today, Lhota said, "Waiting all day for it. We've been in the process of preparation all night and as you know the storm is heaviest right now after 5 p.m.." 

The LIRR also experienced major delays thanks to overhead wire problems.

Many roads around the region were treacherous, with some of the worst in New Jersey. Route 17 was a closed in Mahwah due to an overturned tractor-trailer. Both N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy and N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged motorists to stay off the roads.

Samantha Liebman described driving on Route 17 as "white-knuckled" and said there was not a plow in sight.

Thousands of flights were cancelled because of the storm, and although many are have resumed,  our area airports are urging travelers to check with their carriers before heading out.

Due to winter storm conditions, NYC Ferry service to Rockaway is suspended until further notice.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the area until 4 a.m.