NEW YORK CITY — A sudden and swift snow storm blanketed New York with about a half foot of snow early Friday morning, prompting forecasters to warn of treacherous morning commutes ahead.
The National Weather Service reported Friday about 8 a.m. that areas in outer Queens — Elmhurst and Bayside — were dumped with as much as 7 inches of snow while Manhattan averaged at 5.5, an online map shows.
La Guardia Airport got the most with 8.5 inches of snow by 7 a.m., forecasters said.
Forecasters warned New Yorkers to take extreme caution during their commutes as the snow could prove dangerous on untreated roads.
NWS radar capturing bands of heavy snow-some with reports of 1-3″ per hour rates. Travel has become very treacherous with snow cover on all untreated roads.
The MTA also urged extreme caution and reported delays on the 2, 5, A, N, Brooklyn shuttle, as well canceled service — which has been linked to COVID 19 staff shortages — on the B, Z and W lines about 8:20 a.m.
PATH Trains — which connect the city and New Jersey — were suspended system-wide after the third rail lost power, the city’s Emergency Management department announced about 8:30 a.m.
Keep posted on subway delays here.
If forecasters had bad news for city commuters, the Department of Education had worse for city kids: Friday is not a snow day. Although lateness will be excused.
The Sanitation Department sent out Thursday night more than 700 salt spreaders to pretreat roads and planned to deploy 1,600 Friday, according to a press release.
The city also suspended alternate side parking through Saturday, officials said.
The FDNY urged homeowners to shovel paths to fire hydrants in case of an emergency.
“With potential snow arriving in New York City Friday morning, New Yorkers should prepare for slippery road conditions,” said NYC Emergency Management First Deputy Commissioner Christina Farrell.
“We urge New Yorkers to exercise caution. If you must travel, we encourage the use of mass transit and please allow for extra travel time.”