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Snow buries the New York area again

Jim Dolan reports
February 17, 2014 7:01:06 AM PST
As one storm buried the New York area on Monday, more snow will be on the way Tuesday night into Wednesday.

In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency with travel conditions hazardous. Nonessential government employees were dismissed early. Government offices, courts and schools closed in parts of Connecticut. Scattered power outages were reported throughout the region.

Among the highest snow totals reported Wednesday were 9.3 inches in South River, N.J. and 8.5 inches in Jericho, Long Island. 8 inches fell in Central Park.

Meanwhile, a winter storm watch has been issued for New York City, Long Island, and areas north and west for another snowstorm, due to arrive Tuesday night and continue into the day Wednesday.

AccuWeather is currently projecting 3-6 inches of snow in New York City and the immediate suburbs, while areas north of I-84 could see 6-12 inches.

Monday's storm caused major problems for air travelers. By late afternoon, the flight-tracking website FlightAware reported more than 4,300 delayed flights and 1,900 canceled flights nationwide in cities including Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and New York. Inbound flights to those airports were delayed one to three hours because of snow and ice.

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For Russ Louderback, of Fishers, Ind., and his 11-year-old son Mason, the Super Bowl was a triple whammy of bad luck in less than 24 hours: Their beloved Denver Broncos lost, they got stuck in an hours-long traffic jam leaving the stadium and their 3 p.m. flight home Monday was canceled.

"It was so congested we couldn't get out of New Jersey, even though we left early because our team lost," said Louderback, 57, a hotel executive. He hopes to be on a plane Monday evening.

Francois Emond, of Alma, Quebec, arrived at Newark Airport at 6 a.m. Monday to find his flight home had been canceled. Wearing a Seahawks championship hat and an ear-to-ear smile, he said he didn't care about the cancellation or the weather in light of Seattle's victory. He planned to spend an extra night at his hotel in New York.

"The night will be very short," Emond said. "When you win a Super Bowl for the first time, the night is very, very short."

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio says there's been better coordination among city agencies during this snowstorm.

De Blasio said that officials "felt very good" about the city's response to January's first storm. But the mayor concedes that the response to last storm "left something to be desired."

That prompted a review. As a result, trash and recycling collection was cancelled early. That frees up sanitation vehicles for quicker snow removal.

The MTA has put chains on all its buses. It also has more towing vehicles at the ready in case a bus breaks down.

New routing for snow removal is being considered.

Alternate side parking regulations will also be suspended Tuesday because of the snow.

They already had been suspended for Monday.

Drivers still have to pay the parking meters.

More severe weather information can be found at www.nyc.gov/severeweather or by calling 311. New Yorkers are also encouraged to sign up for the Notify NYC, the City's free emergency notification system. Through Notify NYC, New Yorkers can sign up for receive phone calls, text messages, and emails alerts about severe weather events and emergencies. To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit www.nyc.gov, or follow @ NotifyNYC on Twitter.


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