Samantha Liebman

Storm Makes Mess Of Travel & Transit

March 21, 2018 - 10:30 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) --  The fourth nor'easter to hit the region in the past few weeks caused slick road conditions and major traffic and transit delays. 

Both Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged people to stay off the roads Wednesday.

"This is a serious storm and should not be taken lightly," Cuomo said Wednesday. "If you don't have to travel, please don't travel."

Black ice is going to be a major concern as the temps continue to drop.

Several roads across the region are treacherous and several closures and accidents have been reported.

A woman was killed and five other people were injured when a van overturned on the Wantagh State Parkway in Nassau County this morning. 

The accident happened around 10 a.m. just as snow accumulation started to pick up.

1010 WINS' reporter Holli Haerr got a close-up look at conditions on the LIE abord a State DOE plow truck in Suffolk.

Greyhound and Peter Pan buses have been suspended. NJ TRANSIT suspended bus service at 3 p.m.

Haerr also reported from Woodbury where a car slammed into a utility pole.

Metro-North Railroad is operating a reduced weekday schedule with more combined and canceled trains during peak periods.

Area airports have major delays and LaGuardia suspended operations at noon.

Metro-North moved to an hourly schedule at 8 p.m. B train subway service was suspended. 

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota told 1010 WINS he was worried about the morning commute.

A severe weather rail schedule is a limited weekday rail schedule used during weather events and other emergency situations. The schedules were created last year for customers to clearly identify their travel options.

The Long Island Rail Road was operating on a regular weekday scheduleand have added more trains and are going to reevaluate as conditions warrant.

The LIRR said service could be suspended if snow accumulates more than 10 inches.

Carol D'Auria was driving around Hempstead earlier and found very slick roads. "The most treacherous road I've found is the Meadowbrook Parkway southbound," said D'Auria. "If you don't have to be out please stay home. It's only going to get worse."

Service is also being modified on several runs, with trains in many cases not making it to New York Penn Station.

Also, New York City schools will be open Thursday.