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Commuter Rail Service Snarled by Winter Storm

By Aidan GardinerTrevor Kapp and Radhika Marya  on February 13, 2014 5:47am  | Updated on February 13, 2014 2:13pm

S.I. School Bus Snow Swerve
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NEW YORK CITY — New Yorkers faced an ugly commute home as another snowstorm battered the city with rain and sleet and more snow expected come nightfall, officials warned.

Taxis, MTA buses, and even school buses slipped and slid across city streets as the storm dumped about 7 inches on the city by the morning rush, and meteorologists said that the snowfall would only pick up through the morning on its way toward a possible 14 inches.

[READ MAYOR DE BLASIO'S DEFENSE OF KEEPING SCHOOLS OPEN HERE]

Underground and rail transit were also affected, with delays or reduced service on MTA subway lines, Metro-North, New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Rail Road.

N trains were temporarily suspended south of 36th Street in Brooklyn, as southbound N trains were diverted to the D line south of 36th Street.

Metro-North announced that it would cut back its normal service to once an hour after 4 p.m., while New Jersey Transit said some of its trains were experiencing delays between a half hour and an hour. The Long Island Rail Road said there were 15 to 20-minute delays systemwide.

The slushy streets were causing delays and traffic build up for most bus lines and on the major roadways, according to the MTA and live traffic maps.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday morning that New York was in a state of emergency.

"Roads will be getting considerably worse the next few hours as heavier #snow moves in. Allow lots of extra time if you must travel!" the National Weather Service tweeted at 5 a.m.

The city got more than 9 inches of snow by midday, with more snow expected to resume Wednesday night, meteorologists said.

Upper Manhattan and The Bronx could expect anywhere from 10 to 14 inches by the time the storm wraps up early Friday, while the southern parts were looking at 8-10 inches, the spokesman said.

“We don’t want people to get their guard down,” the spokesman said.

Check below for how the storm is impacting the city.

Subway and Buses

6 trains were running locally between Third Avenue — 138th Street and Pelham Bay due to the weather, the MTA said.

Manhattan-bound express 7 trains were suspended, the MTA said.

Most bus lines were delayed or rerouted so riders should check the MTA's website for information about their specific line.

Roads and Bridges

The Department of Sanitation was deploying a fleet of plows and other snow-clearing equipment. Those those who want to check the plows' progress can visit the city's street-clearing website, PlowNYC.

The Staten Island-bound lane on the lower level of the Verrazano Narrows bridge was closed in both directions, according to the MTA.

Those on other bridges should drive slowly, the MTA warned.

Air Travel

At least 909 flights had been delayed to and from both LaGuardia and JFK airports as of 10:30 a.m., according to flight tracking website, FlightAware.

Another 152 flights were delayed to and from the airports, according to the website.

Schools

Field trips, after school programs, and PSAL were canceled due to the snow, but schools remained open. The decision to open schools sparked anger with many parents, and even the teachers' union, which initially supported the city's call to keep schools open.

"It was a mistake to open schools today," United Federation of Teachers, Michael Mulgrew said in a statement Thursday afternoon. "I understand the desire to keep schools open. The only thing that trumps that is safety. Having students, parents and staff traveling in these conditions was unwarranted."

Check DNAinfo's weather page for more information about the forecast in your area.

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