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Storm Of '17: New Snowfall Projections, Metro-North Service Shuts Down

The latest snowfall projections, released Monday morning, by AccuWeather.com.
The latest snowfall projections, released Monday morning, by AccuWeather.com. Photo Credit: AccuWeather.com
Blizzard Warnings that had been in effect for Southern Westchester, Southern Fairfield and Northern New Jersey were lifted Tuesday morning around 9:30 a.m.
Blizzard Warnings that had been in effect for Southern Westchester, Southern Fairfield and Northern New Jersey were lifted Tuesday morning around 9:30 a.m. Photo Credit: National Weather Service

Earlier report

Metro-North service, which had been running on a Sunday schedule on Tuesday, will shut down service in and out of Grand Central at noon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced just before 8 a.m. as a major Nor'easter has brought the Hudson Valley to a standstill, shutting down travel due to heavy snow and strong winds that could result in blizzard conditions during the day. (A rundown of final scheduled trains is below.)

Newly released snowfall projections by both AccuWeather.com and the National Weather Service show higher accumulation amounts -- even up to two feet or more -- in areas farther north and west with about a foot or less of accumulation now expected in New York City. (See chart above.) Long Island is expected to see 6 inches or less of accumulation.

A Blizzard Warning is in effect until midnight Wednesday for Northern Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess. During that time, the National Weather Service urges residents not to travel, saying in a statement: "Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle."

Blizzard Warnings that had been in effect for Southern Westchester, Southern Fairfield and Northern New Jersey were lifted Tuesday morning around 9:30 a.m.

Snow, which arrived in the pre-dawn hours, will become heavy at times, with snowfall rates of up to 2 to 3 inches per hour possible during the late morning and early afternoon north of I-287. It will continue through the evening in areas north and west, but taper off farther south in the afternoon.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a State of Emergency that took effect midnight Tuesday covering all 62 counties in New York.

Cuomo declared a State of Emergency that took effect midnight Tuesday covering all 62 counties in New York.

Cuomo also directed non-essential state employees impacted by the winter storm to stay home from work on Tuesday without having to charge accruals.

MTA express subway service was suspended after the rush hour Monday night in order to store trains underground on those tracks. Beginning at 4 a.m. Tuesday, above-ground service on the subway was also be suspended.

In Westchester, all Bee-Line Bus service is suspended until further notice.

Metro-North final scheduled trains:

Last Hudson Line trains

Inbound: 7:50 AM from Poughkeepsie; 10 a.m. from Croton-Harmon

Outbound: 9:43 AM to Poughkeepsie; 10:21 a.m. to Croton-Harmon

Last Harlem Line trains

Inbound: 10:12 AM from Southeast; 10:06 a.m. from North White Plains

Outbound: 9:52 AM to Southeast; 10:25 a.m. to North White Plains

Last New Haven Line trains

Inbound: 9:46 AM from New Haven; 10:02 a.m. from Stamford

Outbound: 10:02 to New Haven; 10:36 a.m. to Stamford

Nearly all schools and school districts in the area announced closures on Monday -- well ahead of the storm's arrival. Whiteout conditions are possible, as are power outages.

A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect for Southern Westchester from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a high only reaching 30 and scattered snow showers after 11 a.m.

After mostly sunny but brisk days Thursday and Friday, there's a chance of some more snow Saturday.

The last time a storm with more than 10 inches accumulation occurred in New York City in the month of March was the 1993 "Storm of the Century," which resulted in 11 inches of accumulation in Central Park and 43 inches in Syracuse.

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