Winter Storm Cripples New York Traffic

Transportation in the New York metropolitan region was troubled on Monday as the deep-piled snow blanked the city and gusting winds kicked up formidable snowdrifts.

The blizzard shut down the JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark International Airports. Getting around the city remained difficult as there are major delays and cancellations on all forms of transportation. The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad were shut down. Subways and buses were continuing to operate, but service had been suspended on many stations.

In Brooklyn, part of a garage roof collapsed under the weight of snow on Monday, but fortunately no one was injured. The New York Fire Department encourages New Yorkers to clear snow from fire hydrants near their homes and businesses.

At Central Park, snow was 20 inches deep. Giant piles were on the sidewalks where snow plows cleared the streets. Some motorists who were able to dig their cars out from the snow were left spinning their wheels on unplowed streets.

“New York City was hit with a winter storm that was as strong as the meteorologists predicted,” New York Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement on Monday, “Our sanitation crews worked through the night but road conditions are bad and there are service interruptions and delays on mass transit.”

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