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Intense cold sets in after snow storm leaves New York area

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Pedestrians board a bus, Jan. 3, 2014, in Queens. (AP photo/Frank Franklin II) Pedestrians board a bus, Jan. 3, 2014, in Queens. (AP photo/Frank Franklin II)
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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - New York City public schools were closed on Friday as a snow storm brought heavy snow, strong winds and bitterly cold temperatures to the region.

At a news conference on Friday morning, new New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the decision was made because of concerns about children waiting for extended periods in the frigid temperatures because of transit delays.

The news conference came hours after he invited cameras to record him shoveling snow from in front of his Brooklyn home.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in New York issued winter storm warnings for the tristate area and a blizzard warning for Long Island but the warnings ended before 11 a.m.

Forecasters expected 10 or more inches of snow, winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph, temperatures in the single digits to teens, and visibility at times to be limited to one quarter to one half mile.

Snow totals were piling up across the New York City metro area on Friday morning.

In Bedford Park in the Bronx, 11.6 inches of snow were reported by 8 a.m. The Upper West Side of Manhattan had nearly 9 inches of snow. Central Park reported 6 inches by 7 a.m. South Ozone Park and Glendale in Queens reported more than 10 inches of snow.

In Nassau County, several locations had more than 10 inches of snow by 9 a.m., including Oceanside, Massapequa and Plainview.

Western Long Island had higher totals, reaching a food in North Babylon and just smaller amounts reported in Bay Shore and Eastport.

Upstate, Monroe, in Orange County reported 8.1 inches of snow overnight.  Westchester locations had amounts under 10 inches by 8 a.m.

In New Jersey, Paramus had 9 inches of snow by 7 a.m. Bloomingdale in Passaic County had 7.8 inches reported by 7 a.m.

In Connecticut, Guilford in New Haven County had 9 inches of snow by 7 a.m. Darien, in Fairfield County had 7 inches by 5 a.m.  Further south, in Elizabeth, there was 6 inches on the ground by 8 a.m.

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NJ Transit was cross-honoring tickets among all modes of transportation through the end of service on Friday which  allowed customers to use their ticket or pass on alternate travel modes - rail, light rail or bus system wide.

Its rail system was operating on an enhanced weekend schedule -- (MLK and President's Day schedules) -- due to the severe weather.

The New York City Department of Sanitation issued a snow alert citywide that began at 1 a.m. on Thursday. Alternate side of the street parking rules were suspended through Saturday, Jan. 4.

Emergency shelters in Nassau County opened at 8 p.m. Thursday. The three shelters are located at Glen Cove Senior Center, 130 Glen Street, Glen Cove; McKenna Elementary School, 210 Spruce Street, Massapequa Park; and Paul Schreiber High School, 101 Campus Drive, Port Washington.

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide state of emergency and encouraged drivers to utilize mass transit as because of closures of major highways across the state including. The New York State Thruway I-87 south of Albany, Interstate 84, and the Long Island Expressway in Nassau and Suffolk counties closed at midnight and didn't reopen until 8 a.m. on Friday.

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie also declared a state of emergency and told drivers to get off the road. "I ask all New Jerseyans to stay off the roads if possible so that first responders can safely respond to any emergency situations," he Tweeted. Schools, government offices and businesses closed Friday after more than 10 inches of snow accumulated in some areas.

Conn. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urged residents to take it slow and avoid travel during the height of the storm and directed the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut's network of shelters to ensure that the state's most vulnerable people are protected from the severe cold weather. State police reported 224 accidents with 25 minor injuries and 2,719 calls for service by Friday morning, the AP reported.
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