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Snow, heavy rain, wind hit New York, New Jersey and Connecticut amid warnings and warnings

NEW YORK (WABC) - The latest winter storm that has hit the Tri-State area brings a mix of snow, rain and strong winds over the Tri-State region.

It started as snow coming Sunday night. By the early morning hours, it had shifted to rain in large parts of the area, accompanied by strong gusts of wind.

Coastal storm warnings were issued for many areas.

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New York City seemed to be spared the worst of the storm, but the coastal areas of Long Island and Connecticut received strong winds and gales.

Upstate New York is expected to be hit with up to a foot of snow to go along with strong winds.

In New Jersey, they saw it all, where the wind, the rain, and the snow created a big mess before dawn.


New York City
In New York City, the Department of Sanitation issued a Winter Operations Advisory for Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m.

While New York City may not get a plowing amount of snow, salt spreaders are full and will be active, brine trucks will pre-treat roads and bike paths. The department is also ready to deploy plows in all sectors.


The New York City Emergency Management Department also issued a travel guide for Sunday night to Monday with periods of heavy rain and strong winds that could reduce visibility and create dangerous travel conditions.

The city urges motorists to be especially careful Monday morning and recommended that they take public transportation if possible.

"With a potential mix of snow and heavy rain in the forecast, arriving in New York City Sunday night through Monday morning, New Yorkers should prepare for slippery road conditions and potential flooding," said NYC Emergency Management First Deputy Commissioner Christina Farrell.

Open-air restaurants may continue to offer outdoor and roadside dining during the storm, but the city says they need to be aware that ambulance cars can spread salt on roadways.

New Jersey
In New Jersey, the Eyewitness News found a few inches of snow on the ground along State Route 17 in Mahwah, but it melted quickly when the snow turned to rain.

Governor Phil Murphy said the biggest concerns are travel conditions in the northern and northwestern parts of the state, as well as the risk of coastal floods further south, and strong and potentially damaging winds that could topple trees and power lines.

The biggest concern for coastal floods is the Jersey coast, where high tides and dangerous storm surges are an option.

Officials urged motorists to stay off the roads Monday.

A state of emergency has not been issued for New Jersey, but Governor Murphy warned that a potentially dangerous mix of rainfall is possible, depending on where you are.

"This combination - risk of power outages, risk of coastal floods, maybe even some inland floods - the combination of all that is why we are here today," Murphy said. "Not that a single piece of it looks like it's for the record books, but the combination adds up to a really messy 14 to 16 hours."

the state of New York
In upstate New York, single-digit temperatures were expected to rise to the 20s, bringing heavy snow from Sunday night and lasting until Monday night.

At a dinner briefing Sunday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul urged New Yorkers to take holiday weekend trips off the road ahead of the storm system en route to the state overnight.



"If you have any travel to take on this holiday weekend, do it today," Hochul said. "The earlier hours before this all start tonight. For the night becomes very unpredictable. And with the darkness and ice on the roads and strong winds, this can be a very dangerous situation."

The Department of Transportation mobilized 20,000 snowplows and had 4,000 employees ready to respond to any storm-related emergencies.

Long Island / Connecticut
The National Weather Service predicts winds of up to 60 mph across Long Island and widespread coastal flooding there and in Connecticut Monday morning.

PSEG Long Island was preparing for potentially strong winds and heavy rainfall, conditions that could break wooden limbs, pull wires down and cause outages.

"While we see the forecast, we've done system and logistics checks and have additional personnel ready to jump into a state of storm, regardless of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday," said Michael Sullivan, vice president of Transmission & Distribution at 6 p.m. PSEG Long Island. "In case of interruptions, our crew is ready to safely restore the service as soon as conditions allow."

Crews in Hempstead have prepared for this waiting storm.

The city supervisor said they expect some snow, but it is the rain that is the biggest concern.

They have cleared storm drains as 2 inches of rain awaits.

Floods along the south coast are also a problem.

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