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Heavy Snow, Low Visibility Result In Treacherous Westchester Roadways

I-87 near Exit 3 in Yonkers at around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Photo Credit: NYSTA
A look at projected snowfall amounts from the storm that will impact the area during the daylight hours Thursday. Photo Credit:
A look and hazards, impacts and timing of Thursday's storm. Photo Credit: National Weather Service
Strong winds could lead to power outages. Photo Credit:
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Heavy snow combined with poor visibility due to whiteout conditions has resulted in treacherous travel Thursday morning as the major winter storm makes its way through the Hudson Valley.

Metro-North is experiencing delays on all three lines.

New Haven Lines Service is experiencing delays of up to 25 minutes as a result of a switch problem near the Harrison station.

There are 10-30 minute delays on the Hudson Line with some trains experiencing isolated extensive delays due to an earlier train with mechanical difficulties.

Harlem Line Service is experiencing delays of up to 10 minutes due to weather-related issues.

A plow truck that went off the road resulted in the 11 a.m. closure of the northbound Bronx River Parkway between the Westchester County Center and Old Tarrytown Road (Exit 23).

A crash on northbound I-95 reported just before 11:30 a.m. is blocking the right lane at Boston Post Road (Exit 20) with traffic backed up to Playland Parkway (Exit 10).

A disabled vehicle blocked the right lane on a stretch of southbound I-684 at I-84 (Exit 9).

Farther west, another disabled vehicle, this one on eastbound I-84 was reported at 9:15 a.m. at Route 9D/Route 52.

A stretch of the northbound Saw Mill River Parkway was closed briefly shortly after 9 a.m. in Elmsford at Route 119 due to two disabled vehicles.

Nearby, an earlier crash blocked the right lane on a stretch of eastbound I-287 at the Hutchinson River Parkway (Exit 9) with traffic backed up to Westchester Avenue (Exit 8E).

In Rockland, a crash on northbound I-87 reported around 9 a.m. has moved to the shoulder at Exit 14 (Route 59) in Spring Valley.

Nearby, on southbound I-87, a crash is blocking the left lane at Exit 14B (Airmont Road) with traffic backed up to I-87/I-287.

Tappan ZEExpress and All Transport of Rockland service were suspended as of 9 a.m. until further notice.

Westchester Bee-Line bus services, which had been experiencing delays of about 45 minutes, was suspended around 11 a.m.

The storm, which will impact the area for about 12 hours Thursday, prompted most schools and school districts to announce closures on Wednesday evening. For the complete rundown of closures, click here.

Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour are possible through noon Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow became heavy after dawn and will continue past midday. Winds will gust between 35 and 45 miles per hour, resulting in near-blizzard conditions at times. Scattered power outages are possible.

The snow is expected to taper off in the mid-afternoon Thursday and wrap up by nightfall with temperatures dropping to the mid-teens.

Much of the Hudson Valley will see between 8 and 12 inches of total accumulation, with locally heavier amounts possible, the National Weather Service said.

Sunshine returns to the area Friday, but the cold air continues as the high will only be in the upper 20s. Expect icy conditions and possible black ice in the aftermath of the storm Friday morning that could result in delayed openings at schools.

Areas farther north, including Putnam and Dutchess, could see some light snow before 8 a.m. Saturday on a cloudy day with warmer temperatures reaching a high near 40, there's a chance of a mix of snow and rain is Sunday.

State Police are reminding motorist to use extreme caution and to avoid all unnecessary travel.

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