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Snowstorm Expected to Hit NY, NJ

Friday, January 20, 2012

A winter storm is expected to hit the area late Friday night — dumping as much a six inches of snow in the metropolitan area by Saturday night.

Between three and five inches of snow is expected in the city and between as four to six inches in parts of Northeastern New Jersey.

"Relatively speaking, the heaviest snowfall should be during the morning hours, towards noon, and then really we'll see that intensity start to wind down after mid-day," said Joe Picca, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The Lower Hudson valley will likely be hit the hardest, with possible snow accumulation of five to six inches. Forecasters said New York City and Northern New Jersey will see snow showers turn to rain Saturday afternoon.

Picca said that's when the danger could really begin for pedestrians and drivers.

"Temperatures will get below freezing into the mid-to-upper 20s so any of that water or slush could easily refreeze into patches of ice on roadways as we move into Sunday morning," he said.

Forecasters say they will be closely monitoring the storm's approach for any changes.

Alternate side parking rules are suspended in anticipation of snow. The MTA says it's bringing in extra personnel, and has equipment at the ready -- but expects to run normal service tomorrow. NJ Transit says it’s closely monitoring the storm – and is cross-honoring all tickets on Saturday.

The city's sanitation department has 365 salt spreaders and 1,400 snow plows — all equipped with a new GPS system — ready to go, in anticipation of the snow storm heading our way tonight.

Spokesman Vito Turso said the GPS will allow dispatchers to see areas that have been plowed and those still in need of plowing. He also says the department has 230,000 tons of rock salt.

About 12,000 people will be working overnight and 2,000 Saturday beginning at 6 a.m.

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