4 p.m. Snowfall in parts of New York City appear to have eased up or stopped altogether, but temperatures are set to plummet Saturday evening.

Garett Argianas, a meteorologist, said New Yorkers can expect to experience "low temperatures that should end up about 10 [degrees] or so in the city."

"And with that wind, which is still quite gusty--we're looking at wind chills that will be about between zero and ten below zero. So anybody who's out really needs to bundle up and make sure all their skin's covered up because frostbite can occur quickly with wind chills that cold. Watch out for slippery spots, too, because there's still leftover snow all over our area."

A hazardous travel advisory remains in effect for New York City.

Update 12:00 p.m. The city's mass transit system was in good shape during Saturday's snowstorm, with even the Staten Island Ferry in operation, said Mayor Eric Adams.

"We have systemwide delays, but our system is open. It's not shut," Adams told WCBS-TV Saturday morning as he was headed to the ferry terminal. "I'm on my way to Staten Island now. I'm going to take the ferry over. But DSNY, transit, NYPD, FDNY, all the teams of civil servants are doing their jobs, serving the city."

Adams said New Yorkers should expect to see blacktop as early as tomorrow.

"Right now, the goal is to make them passable," Adams said on WCBS 880. "And so I know people instantly they want to see snow go away but Mother Nature's in charge today."

As the storm was expected to dump up to two feet of snow on parts of Suffolk County, service on the Long Island Rail Road was suspended at 8 a.m. Saturday, with operations to resume Sunday at a time yet to be determined, said MTA CEO Janno Lieber at a press conference with Gov. Kathy Hochul.

"The exact timing of the resumption of service is going to depend on when the storm abates. So we're going to set that as soon as we can after the snow stops," Lieber said. "But we are very focused on making sure (that) we will have full service for the Long Island Railroad on Monday."

Hochul also reminded New Yorkers to stay home if possible Saturday, calling the storm "very serious" and "life-threatening."

The storm has lingered in the area longer than anticipated, Hochul said, with snowfall expected to stop around 3 p.m. in New York City and around 6 p.m. for Long Island, where another 5 to 12 inches of snow is expected to fall.

While New Yorkers should stay home, anyone out on the roads should remember to give snowplows a wide berth, she said.

"Please do your part. If you have to be on the roads -- which, we discourage for the next few hours -- but if you are there please watch out for these drivers are doing their very best everything they're doing is for you and for your safety," she said.

Temperatures are also expected to plummet tonight, compounding icy conditions and potentially causing further power outages which have been limited to about 424 homes in the state so far, Hochul said.

"We're expecting temperatures in the single digits tonight into tomorrow morning. And this is when frostbite kicks in," she said.

Update 10:25 a.m. One silver lining of this snowstorm is that the snow has been light and fluffy instead of the heavier, wetter type that can lead to downed trees and power lines, said meteorologist Garett Argianas.

"This is a pretty fluffy kind of snow, so it's not clinging to trees and power lines. So those both help a lot in terms of the power outage situation but there's going to be enough wind especially on Long Island where the blizzard warning is that there's still a chance for some power outages so people should still be ready for that," Argianas said.

So far there have been no reports of widespread power outages for Con Edison and PSE&G customers.

The snowstorm has dumped anywhere from an inch in Sparta, Sussex County in New Jersey to more than 15 inches of snow in parts of the Jersey Shore and up to a foot on eastern Long Island, while New York City has received about 8 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

For a complete update on snow totals, check out the National Weather Service snow map tracker.

Nor'Easter Blankets New York As Parts Of Long Island Brace For Two Feet Of Snow

Update 9 a.m.: Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is expecting the county to be hit with nearly two feet of snow. At a news briefing on Saturday, Bellone said a total of two feet will fall on the area throughout the day. Plow trucks will continue to clear the roads as snow falls at a rate of two inches per hour.

"It's actually a little bit worse than we thought in terms of the accumulations," Bellone said. "When all is said and done we're expecting on the west end that we may see 12" to 18" [inches]. On the east end up to two feet of snow. That is not only significant storm, it's one of the more significant storms that we've seen."

New York City is also getting buried in the snow system, which threatened the region for days and finally arrived overnight, dumping more than six inches of powder on the five boroughs as of 9 a.m. Saturday.

After a week of elusive meteorological models attempting to track the trajectory of the storm, the system coalesced over the city, North Jersey and Long Island late Friday and is expected to continue dumping snow and unleashing heavy winds of upwards of 50 mph into Saturday afternoon, before traveling north to southern New England. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday.

"The forecast is relatively on track," Dominic Ramunni, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Saturday morning. "Across the Jersey Shore and Long Island [we're seeing] amounts of double-digits in those areas. As you go closer to the city they start to fall off, but we're starting to see amounts approaching six inches."

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Mayor Eric Adams has been out and about across the city updating New Yorkers on the progress so far from various neighborhoods.

New Yorkers have also braved the crushing snow. John Webb was trudging his way through snowbanks in Bushwick, Brooklyn this morning, telling Gothamist/WNYC he didn't have much of a choice but be outside.

"I had to go to work, so you gotta do what you gotta do, you know?" Webb said.

Nicki Rospond and Melody Kim were walking their dogs this morning on the Upper West Side, while snow plows worked to clear the streets around them. Kim said she wanted to enjoy this snow early.

"It's great now before. Everybody walks on it. In a couple hours time it's probably going to get messy and slushy," Kim said.

Rospond said they planned to keep their the walks to a minimum for today.

"We're going to reconvene in the park tomorrow the dogs after the windchill dies down a bit," Rospond said.

What's Closed? What's Operating?

Snow blankets this street in Harlem on January 29, 2022.

Snow covers this street in Harlem on January 29th.

Snow covers this street in Harlem on January 29th.
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Power outages: So far,Con Edison is reporting no widespread outages in New York City. PSEG, the utility company covering most of New Jersey, also has no major outages as of 7 a.m. Saturday.

Closures/Cancellations: The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library branches will be closed on Saturday. City-run testing and vaccination sites will also be closed Saturday. All public school buildings in New York City will be closed on Saturday.

Transit: The MTA has suspended Long Island Rail Road service, with Metro-North service running on reduced service. Subway and buses are operating on regular schedule, though the MTA says that is subject to change. NJ Transit bus service will be temporarily suspended on Saturday but is expected to resume later in the day. Staten Island Ferry resumed regular service at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Roads: A hazardous travel advisory remains in effect in New York City as roads remained were all but empty except for snowplows Saturday morning as snow fell at a rate of one to two inches per hour. According to the city Sanitation Department's PlowNYC tracker, crews have canvassed the majority of the five boroughs within the last hour. You can see the last time the Sanitation Department cleaned up your street here. In an early morning video posted on YouTube, Sanitation Commissioner Edward Grayson told New Yorkers they will "not see blacktop today."

Flights: Airlines have canceled more than 4,500 flights at some of the nation's busiest airports, according to FlightAware.

Alternate Side Parking: Suspended Saturday but meters will remain in effect.

Pablo Castillo, a super at a building in Harlem, plows the sidewalk the morning of January 29th.

Pablo Castillo, a super at a building in Harlem, plows the sidewalk the morning of January 29th.

Pablo Castillo, a super at a building in Harlem, plows the sidewalk the morning of January 29th.
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Meteorologists say the snow will taper off around 4 p.m. Saturday, but winds will remain strong into the night when temperatures are expected to drop into the teens, turning the region into a giant ice block.

Governors Kathy Hochul and Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in New York and New Jersey Friday afternoon after weather predictions grew more dire.

Hochul said her administration was preparing for the worst of the storm to hit Long Island, where a blizzard warning remains in effect in Suffolk County through 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Here’s what I’m asking New Yorkers: Just stay home,” the governor said at a press briefing in Long Island Friday. Suffolk County is expected to be bear the brunt of most of the snow. The National Weather Service says 10 inches of snow fell in the town by 6 a.m. Saturday.

The state of emergency, which took effect at 8 p.m. Friday, makes it easier for the state officials to purchase equipment and supplies and transport them across county lines.

A ruler stuck in the snow showing about three inches of snow fell.

This ruler shows three inches of snow fell in Harlem by 6 a.m. Saturday, January 29th.

This ruler shows three inches of snow fell in Harlem by 6 a.m. Saturday, January 29th.
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Flurries began falling in New York and New Jersey at around 7 p.m. Friday growing heavier as the night drew on.

In advance of the storm, more than 200 flights were canceled at the three major airports in the metro region. Officials at LaGuardia Airport, which debuted a shiny new terminal on Thursday, urged travelers to confirm their flights before coming to the airport.

The city’s outdoor dining and open streets programs were suspended for Saturday and alternate-side parking will be suspended Sunday.

State agencies and authorities had deployed more than 2,100 plows and 119,000 tons of road salt in anticipation of the storm, according to state Homeland Security Commissioner Jackie Bray.

The utility companies, meanwhile, had about 5,500 workers ready to address potential power outages, Bray said.

Until Friday morning, meteorologists were struggling to forecast the storm’s impact.

One of the reasons the storm was so difficult to predict is because of changing weather patterns due to climate change – and some researchers say similar, hard-to-predict storms could become more common in the future.

That’s because a “polar vortex” at the Arctic Circle typically traps cold air near the north pole. While rising global temperatures are resulting in milder winters overall, Dr. Judah Cohen, director of Seasonal Forecasting at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, said that vortex is being disrupted like a top being knocked off-kilter, and spurring more sudden and harsher cold snaps.

“It slows down, it starts to wobble, it starts to meander, it's not sitting in one place,” Cohen said. “And I like to say, where the polar vortex goes, so goes the cold air.”

Kate Hinds, Danny Lewis, and Jen Chung contributed to this report. Check back to get more updates on the snowstorm throughout the day.