Heavy snow fell along Broadway in Nyack as the first day of Spring saw the fourth nor'easter of the season fall on the entire northeast. Over a foot of snow was predicted to fall as the snow will continue through the night into Thursday morning. Mandatory Credit: Seth Harrison/The Journal News via USA TODAY NETWORK

NYC Schools Open Thursday As Nor'easter Blankets Tri-State

March 21, 2018 - 10:13 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) --  A nor'easter that started off slow and kicked up in intensity later Wednesday left most of the region buried in snow.

Despite the snow, New York City schools will be open Thursday.

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Overnight, winds are expected to pick up with heavy snow tapering off late. Roads will be wet and slushy at night, becoming icy in the early morning.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday. Alternate side parking is again suspended Thursday, according to Mayor de Blasio.

NYC subways were up and running all day, but B trains were suspended later Wednesday evening.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Joe Lhota told 1010 WINS he had concerns about the morning commute.

LaGuardia Airport canceled all flights at noon and NJ TRANSIT suspended all buses at 3 p.m. Rockaway ferry service is suspended and CitiBike was suspended at 1 p.m.

NJ TRANSIT will resume its regular schedule on Thursday.

There had been worry that plows might have a hard time dealing with accumulation.

Accumulations were expected to reach 11 to 15 inches in Nassau County, and 7 to 10 inches in Suffolk County.

But near the Nassau-Suffolk County line, plows were able to keep main roads and highways clear – leaving Neal Guber wondering what the fuss had all been about.

“They scared the daylights out of everybody, and you can see the blacktop on the ground after a whole day’s worth of snow,” he told 1010 WINS’ Holli Haerr.

But there were slick spots, and snow even began to build on main roads in the evening. One state Department of Transportation plow driver said even after the snow stops falling, crews will be out for a couple of days.

The storm was responsible for a death on Long Island and possibly another in New Jersey.

New York State Police say slick roads were a factor when a van overturned on the Wantagh State Parkway at the Hempstead Turnpike in Nassau County. A woman was killed, and five people were injured.

Police say a stolen vehicle slammed into another car during the latest winter storm in New Jersey, killing one person.

Police say 32-year-old Nafis Majette was riding as a passenger when the driver of a stolen vehicle hit his car head-on Wednesday afternoon in Newark. A parked snow plow was also struck in the collision.

Majette was transported to a local hospital after the crash where he was pronounced dead. Police have charged the driver of the stolen vehicle, 26-year-old Alan Aberden, with aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide. Aberden's 24-year-old passenger Quasim McRae has been charged with resisting arrest and receiving stolen property.

Both men have been hospitalized for injuries sustained in the crash. It is unclear if road conditions contributed to the collision.

The New York area has been slammed by winter weather this March, causing thousands to lose power and endure lengthy waits for its return. The situation became so bad that Senators Schumer and Gillibrand reprimanded utility companies and demanded action earlier this month.

“While these storms resulted in widespread damage, dangerous roads and conditions, downed trees, and power outages across the Northeast, it is unacceptable that many of our constituents have been without power for a week, and potentially will remain without power for even longer,” the senators wrote in a letter to Con Ed and NYSEG.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wasn't taking any chances this time around. There are 5,500 utility workers, and 300 National Guard members at the ready. The state also sent generators, light towers, plows, salt, and other equipment and supplies downstate.

 Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in the Garden State earlier in the day with some places expecting up to a foot of snow.

The Jersey Shore was getting hammered Wednesday night with up to two inches falling per hour. Thousands were without power in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

In Bergen County, New Jersey, the biggest problem on some of the highways was water ponding from melting snow much of the day, 1010 WINS’ Samantha Liebman reported. Plows could be heard scraping the pavement.

Joseph from Elmwood Park said he had driven around much of the day and was impressed.

“The trucks are out there doing their job,” he said.

But Raimondo from Lodi said it was a different story when you get off the main roads.

“It’s better on the highways, but through the local streets, not so well. I mean, I almost spun out, and I have a four-wheel drive car,” he said.

So were utilities ready?

"We saw the last couple of storms, the biggest shortfall was by the facilities. I think it is true that each of them have activated their mutual aid arrangements, in other words their ability to bring in line men and women from other utilities," Murphy said.

Con Ed said it should be better able to deal with this storm than the last ones which left some people in the dark for more than a week.

If the weather wasn't bad enough, the early spring snow has already come with serious consequences for one particular group of people -- Justin Timberlake fans.

The pop star took to Twitter to announce that his Wednesday night show at Madison Square Garden was postponed due to weather. A show planned for Thursday night, was still set to go on as scheduled.