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Above-Ground Subways Return to Service, Cuomo Says

By  Aidan Gardiner Katie Honan and Amy Langfield | March 13, 2017 3:19pm | Updated on March 14, 2017 5:45pm

 Commuters battle the snow at the Astoria Boulevard station on Feb. 9, 2017.
Commuters battle the snow at the Astoria Boulevard station on Feb. 9, 2017.
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NEW YORK CITY — Above-ground subways and Metro-North service will be restored by 6 p.m. Tuesday after being shut for hours due to the major storm across the region.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the subway service will return along with a partial restoration of Metro-North service, which will operate hourly trains until 11 p.m. on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines. 

“As the severity of weather conditions decrease, we are restoring MTA above-ground subway and limited Metro North service so New Yorkers can resume their routines,” the governor said in a statement. 

He and Mayor Bill de Blasio issued states of emergency ahead of the morning commute as high winds and whiteout conditions were expected. Commuters should still avoid driving at all costs, the mayor said. 

Snowstorm Timeline: Here's What To Expect Tuesday

The heavy, wet snow turned to sleet by 7 a.m. and was expected to taper off come nightfall, forecasters said.

Here's how transit is getting hit by the blizzard:

► SUBWAYS — All subway service will be restored by 6 p.m., including above-ground lines and the Staten Island rail, after suspensions that began at 4 a.m. Residual delays are expected throughout the evening. Check the MTA's website for details.

► BUSES — Although the MTA had warned of the possibility of a full suspension, buses were still running — but with delays and detours. "All Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island Limited buses will make local stops," @NYCTBus tweeted. New Jersey Transit buses were also shut down for the day

► RAILS — Metro-North service will be restored at 6 p.m. on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines after being shut down at noon. They will still operate on an hourly schedule until 11 p.m. The LIRR is offering service on a normal weekday schedule but with delays, officials said. NJ Transit trains are operating on a weekend schedule. Amtrak is operating on a modified schedule and is suspended between New York City and Boston.

► FERRIES — The Staten Island Ferry is operating on a modified schedule. The East River Ferry and Seastreak have canceled all service for the day. "NY Waterway ferries will accept NJ TRANSIT tix on all routes Tues, 3/14, except Hav-Oss & Bcn-New, which will not operate," NY Waterway tweeted. Just before noon, NY Waterway posted its modified schedule for the evening commute.

► ROADS — The PlowNYC map displays a GPS-enabled view of which streets have been recently plowed. About 1,600 plows and 689 salt spreaders that have 283,000 tons of salt at its disposal will be out clearing the streets. Some 2,400 workers will take 12-hour shifts that started at 7 a.m. Monday. Alternate side parking has also been suspended for Tuesday and Wednesday. Citi Bike is closed as well.

► AIRPORTS — Fights returned to John F. Kennedy and Newark airports after 5 p.m. Service to LaGuardia Airport was still suspended as of 5:40 p.m. Tuesday

Hundreds of flights were canceled during Tuesday's storm, according to Flight Aware's tracker:

JFK - 784 cancellations

LGA - 869

EWR - 1,028

New Yorkers are encouraged to call 311 if they lose heat or hot water Tuesday and to look out for their sick or elderly neighbors.