NYC: Freezing Rain Causes Dangerous Driving Conditions

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An ice storm in the New York metropolitan area is causing treacherous walking and driving conditions.

About three quarters of an inch of ice is expected by midmorning before the sleet/freezing rain changes to all rain by midday.

In Central Park, pathways were like an ice-skating rink. Commuters from north of the city getting off buses along Fifth Avenue had to carefully maneuver sidewalks covered in sleet.

Motorists, meanwhile, had to deal with a slushy mess.

The Office of Emergency Management says city public schools and government offices are open.

Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor service between New York and Philadelphia is temporarily suspended due to power problems.

LIRR is operating on a weekend schedule.

Metro-North is operating on a regular weekday schedule but the New Haven line is running shorter trains so riders should expect delays.

Some flight disruptions are reported at JFK Airport. Travelers are advised to check with their airline before heading to the airport.

The Department of Transportation says major roadways throughout the city, Long Island and Westchester County are very slick. But traffic is light to moderate.

Only a few fender benders have been reported Wednesday morning.

The mixture of freezing rain and sleet also is affecting the rails and some air travel.