MANHATTAN — The travel ban on New York City's roads was lifted and some MTA service was slated to return Tuesday morning after the worst of Monday's winter storm missed the area, officials said.
Drivers could return to the roads starting at 7:30 a.m., state and local officials said.
Subways, which had been suspended overnight, were expected to start rolling about 9 a.m. with weekend-equivalent service to resume about noon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
"The system is going to come back online much faster than it would have if the trains had been exposed to the [weather] conditions," Cuomo said.
"We expect to be at a full weekday schedule tomorrow," said MTA chairman Thomas Prendergast.
The Staten Island Ferry also resumed at 8:30 a.m. on a 30-minute schedule with full service to follow Wednesday, officials said.
PATH trains will start running on a weekend schedule at 9:30 a.m. with Metro-North and the LIRR doing the same about noon, officials said.
Forecasters had expected up to 30 inches of snow to bury the city Monday night and closed all roads to non-emergency vehicles starting at 11 p.m.
At the same time, subway cars were taken off the rails and sheltered from the storm.
The weather front, however, shifted about 50 miles east and spared the city, forecasters said.
Though roads have reopened, officials advised New Yorkers to stay home if they can.
"The roads are still dangerous. They are passable, but there is a level of ice under the snow in many areas," Cuomo said.
"We don't want to give people a false sense of security. If you have to travel, you can, but if it’s non-essential, we wouldn’t recommend it."