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Snow tapers off overnight, total snowfall amounts will be around 8-12 inches in parts of NJ, NY

Posted: 7:35 PM, Dec 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-03 04:18:36-05

NEW YORK — After a wintry day, the complex storm system will slowly depart the region overnight. It will remain chilly and blustery heading into Tuesday, but at least it will dry with partly to mostly sunny skies. We remain cool for the rest of the week, but there are indications of a warm up heading into next week.

Winter Storm Warnings continue for areas north and west of the city through the overnight hours. Many areas already had over 6 inches of snow from the first event on Sunday. With the second storm, these areas can get an additional 1-3 inches of snow before it ends overnight. Total snowfall amounts will be around 8 to 12 inches across northern New Jersey and the Catskills in New York.

By Monday afternoon, the storm had dropped 27 inches of snow in Delanson, New York, 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Albany — the highest snow total in the Northeast so far.

The same storm has pummeled the U.S. for days as it moved cross country, dumping heavy snow from California to the Midwest and inundating other areas with rain.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Monday for seven counties in eastern New York and assigned 300 National Guard members to assist with snow removal. State police had responded to more than 740 storm-related crashes statewide since the snow started falling.

More than 660 flights into or out of the U.S. were canceled Monday, with more than 4,000 delays, according to the flight tracking site FlightAware. Airports in the New York and Boston areas accounted for many of them. There were 950 cancelations and 8,800 delays on Sunday.

The storm also caused major traffic disruptions. Tractor-trailers were banned or lower speed limits put in place on stretches of highway in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. New York also posted lower speed limits on some highways.

Closer to the coast, Winter Weather Advisories will continue overnight. After much of it being a rain event on Sunday and Monday morning, temperatures cooled down enough for the changeover to snow. Temperatures are expected to be at around the freezing mark, limiting snow accumulations. The steadier snow should taper off by midnight, with snow showers lingering around through the overnight hours. In the end, expect 2-4 inches for the city, with up to 2 inches possible for the east end of Long Island and the Jersey Shore. Amounts will increase north and west of the city.

The storm will be over with before Tuesday morning’s commute. Untreated road surfaces may still be icy. Temperatures will only climb into lower 40s but will feel more like the 20s to around 30 degrees during the day

It will be partly to mostly sunny for the rest of the week as high pressure slides through the region. By Friday, a weak system passes to the north and there could be a few sprinkles as a cold front passes through.

We cool down into the 30s on Saturday, but a warm up develops heading into next week. Temperatures could climb into the 50s by next Monday ahead of an approaching cold front.

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