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New York area under winter weather advisory

Meteorologist Jeff Smith reports from the Bronx
December 17, 2013 3:02:03 PM PST
Snow fell across the Tri-State area Tuesday, and while it might make for a pretty scene in the parks, it also creates potentially treacherous driving in the city.

The snow only added to the frozen ice clogging most gutters around town from last weekend's snowfall.

Most parts of the area ended up receiving 1 to 3 inches, with Livingston, N.J. having the highest total at 5 inches.

There were lower amounts in coastal areas like the South Shore of Long Island and the Jersey Shore.

The snow made for slippery roads and slow going for Tuesday's evening commute, and a refreezing of the roads will keep the roads slick for Wednesday morning.

Many drivers were spinning their wheels and getting stuck in the snow.

The latest round of snow made it a busy day for snow plow operators, both public works employees and private drivers. The steady snowfall and frigid temperatures created quick buildup between snow plow passes.

The New York City Department of Sanitation issued a snow alert, with crews loading salt spreaders and attaching plows and chains as the snow fell.

Commuters are urged to use mass transit, but anyone who must drive is advised to stick to the main roads. Alternate side parking for Tuesday has been suspended citywide to facilitate snow removal, but parking meters remain in effect throughout the city.

The speed limit has been lowered to 45 mph on the New Jersey Turnpike between the Delaware Memorial Bridge and the George Washington Bridge. The speed limit is 50 mph on the Garden State Parkway between Stafford Township and the New York border.

New Jersey Transit trains and buses are cross-honoring tickets all day.

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More information:

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New York City's Severe Weather Website: www.nyc.gov/severeweather or call 311.

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