Wintry Mix Blasts Tri-State Area


wednesday-stormMotorists across the Tri-State are facing a slippery commute as they face a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow across the region.

Forecasters say it will become very windy in parts of the Tri-State area and heavy rain may cause street flooding. AccuWeather says there is a slight chance of a midday thunderstorm for New York City.

The rain is expected to end by this afternoon.

New Jersey Transportation Spokesman Tim Greeley says crews are plowing snow from the shoulders of Interstate 80 and Routes 206 and 15 to improve drainage.

Wantage has received 4 1/2 inches of snow. There was little more the 4 inches in Butler and 4 inches in Blairstown.

Many school districts have delayed opening and some have even closed.

Elsewhere, it’s raining across most of the Tri-State area.

La Guardia and John F. Kennedy airports have been experiencing delays of up to an hour on arrivals and departures.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the Tri-State area this morning through the afternoon. A wind advisory is also in effect for most of New York and Connecticut until 2 p.m. today.

Tomorrow’s forecast calls for colder temperatures and strong winds reaching gusts of up to 45 mph. Northern and western suburbs may also see flurries.

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