A powerful nor’easter arrived in the Tri-State area with heavy snow, sleet and rain, but the storm shifted west. Blizzard warnings have been canceled for New York City, but remain in effect areas north and west of the city.
The National Weather Service lifted its blizzard warning for New York City, but the warning remained in effect for nearly two dozen counties across the metro area. Coastal flood warnings were also issued during high tide for the Jersey Shore and the South Shore of Long Island.
Despite the lowered snow projections, the storm, which started late Monday, will likely be the biggest of the winter for most of the region. The snow is not the only story, though. Wind gusts could near 60 mph at times on Long Island, bringing the potential for widespread power outages.
“The storm actually has shifted, it shifted west,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told “CBS This Morning.” “There’s less snowfall in New York City, there’s less snowfall on Long Island. There’s actually more in the Hudson Valley and the western part of the state.”
The heaviest snowfall is still expected Tuesday morning through the afternoon, with snowfall rates as high as 2 to 4 inches per hour. The snow will change to sleet, then rain by midday. It will change back to all snow before ending in the evening.
On Twitter earlier Tuesday morning, Cuomo said, “There is no reason to be on the roads. It’s dangerous.”
At the airports, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says 1,124 flights are canceled at LaGuardia Airport are canceled.
Coleman says about 200 passengers are stranded at Kennedy airport, where 877 flights are canceled. Newark Liberty International Airport has more than 1,000 flights canceled.
Travelers are advised to check with their airlines.
Public schools in the city and elsewhere were all closed.
(YWN World Headquarters / AP)