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Winter Storm 2013

Blizzard slams New York and suburbs

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Snowfall in White Plains, N.Y. (Photo by Lidia Curanaj | Fox 5 News) Snowfall in White Plains, N.Y. (Photo by Lidia Curanaj | Fox 5 News)
Snow accumulated in Stamford, Conn. (Photo by Dan Bowens | Fox 5 News) Snow accumulated in Stamford, Conn. (Photo by Dan Bowens | Fox 5 News)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

New York City and its suburbs were hit by a powerful Nor'easter.  New York and Connecticut were both in a state of emergency as the storm started to wind down.

The storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of New York City.

Many communities across eastern Long Island are digging out from more than two feet of snow.

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., reported a measurement of 30.3 inches outside its offices.

Roads in Conn. were ordered shut on Saturday as the state attempted to dig out from the massive storm.

More than 34 inches of snow fell in Hamden in central Connecticut, and an 82-mph wind gust was recorded down the coastline in Westport. Areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire notched at least 2 feet — with more falling. Airlines scratched more than 5,300 flights through Saturday, and the three major airports serving New York City as well as Boston's Logan Airport closed.


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Heavy snow lasted into the early morning hours of Saturday with a low temperature of 25 degrees in Midtown and 20-25 degrees across the suburbs.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged people to leave work early.  School activities were canceled on Friday as were all classes and activities on Saturday.

Hundreds of plows hit the roads and 250,000 tons of salt were put on standby to clearing the streets.

More than 2,200 vehicles plowed streets overnight, Bloomberg said, clearing every major thoroughfare at least once and even most secondary streets. Traffic was flowing easily through most of the city's busiest streets.

"We're in great shape. We're lucky. ... We've dodged a bullet," Bloomberg told plow workers at a sanitation garage in Queens Saturday afternoon.

Approximately 400 salt spreaders hit the roads Friday morning across New York City, said Commissioner John Doherty of the Sanitation Department.

Bloomberg said police checked on families from Superstorm Sandy who still have no heat but no problems had been reported.

Alternate Side of the Street Parking regulations are be suspended through Sunday in New York City to facilitate storm preparations. Parking meters are suspended on Saturday.

Con Edison said there were just 317 customers without power in the city as of Saturday morning, with most of those outages in Brooklyn. There were no power failures reported in Westchester County.

Snowfall Totals:

  • 2 to 4 inches in southern New Jersey
  • 4 to 7 inches in lower-central New Jersey
  • 7 to 12 inches in central New Jersey and just south of New York City
  • 12 to 18 inches in New York City, Long Island, lower Hudson Valley, Shawangunks, eastern Catskills, extreme southeastern Connecticut
  • 18 to 24+ inches in the upper Hudson Valley and interior Connecticut

The snow tapered down during the first part of Saturday morning and it will still be windy as the sky becomes mainly sunny for the afternoon. High temperatures will only be in the upper 20s.


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CHECK SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND EARLY DISMISSALS


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