New York Area Faces an Icy Morning Commute With Mix of Snow, Rain, Sleet

A winter storm heading toward New York, New Jersey and Connecticut may bring a mix of snow, rain and ice overnight and tomorrow morning, threatening to disrupt rush-hour travel.

Storm warnings are forecast for areas north and west of New York City including northern Westchester County in New York and northern Fairfield County in Connecticut, according to the National Weather Service.

“We do have some accumulating snows overnight anywhere from one to three inches mainly for the inland sections of the tri-state area,” Joe Pollina, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Upton, New York, said in a telephone interview. “We could also see a tenth to a half an inch of ice in these areas overnight and into tomorrow morning.”

The mixture of snow and freezing rain is forecast to change to rain by 7 a.m. tomorrow in most of New York City and Long Island as temperatures rise, while parts of New Jersey and Connecticut may see icy conditions until about 11 a.m. or noon, Pollina said.

“The Port Authority is prepared and ready as we always are for any inclement weather,” Jennifer Friedberg, a spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in a telephone interview.

Friedberg declined to comment further on the potential for flight or transportation delays.

New Jersey Travel

The storm probably won’t have a “significant impact” on rail travel in New Jersey, Dan Stessel, a spokesman for New Jersey Transit in Newark, said by phone.

“Bus customers in particular may want to give themselves more time tomorrow because buses are subject to local road conditions,” Stessel said.

New York City will be deploying de-icing equipment and storing subway trains underground, Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said in an e-mail.

“The main concern seems to be freezing rain, not snow accumulation, but we will be monitoring conditions,” Ortiz said.

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