New York area digs out from snow storm

- A snow storm pelted the tristate area with several inches of snow Thursday. Some parts saw blizzard conditions. Winter Storm and Blizzard Warnings expired Thursday evening.

Some parts of New York City, Long Island, northeast New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, and southern Connecticut got more than 10 inches of snow accumulation. Some areas saw a foot and more. Suffolk County saw 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts up to 45 mph. 

New York City schools were closed Thursday but were expected to be open Friday.

After-school activities and PSAL games were canceled Thursday and all yellow bus service was suspended.

Hazardous travel conditions were reported across the Tri-State Region due to snow-covered roads and poor visibility. Visibility could drop to 1/4 mile at times. Blowing and drifting snow is possible. The temperatures hovered around 30 degrees.

The Winter Storm Warning means there is expected to be significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your car in case of an emergency.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring, the NWS says. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibility are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel then have a winter survival kit with you.

Speaking to the media, New York City officials said they expected schools to be open on Friday.

The City of New York Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, announced that Alternate Side Parking regulations would remain suspended through Saturday. Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the city.

NJ Transit said that system-wide cross-honoring of passes and tickets were in effect on bus, rail and light rail service on Thursday.

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