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Winter storm brings snow, rain to tristate area

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Claudio Pantoja uploaded this photo of snow in Newburgh in the Hudson Valley. Claudio Pantoja uploaded this photo of snow in Newburgh in the Hudson Valley.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A significant winter storm is brought snow and rain to the tristate region but was not as bad as anticipated.

The largest snowfall total in the metro region was in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. with 5".

The National Weather Service says Jersey Shore residents were buffeted with winds as high as 74 mph.

In northern and western areas of N.J., some communities got more than six inches of snow.

The Long Island Power Authority says about 5,000 customers are without power, most of them in Nassau County.

Con Edison is reporting about 1,300 customers without electricity in New York City and Westchester County.

In New Jersey, Jersey Central Power & Light reported about 5,200 outages, with the bulk occurring in Monmouth County where the utility serves about 280,000 customers.  PSE&G, the state's largest utility, is reporting about 450 outages in central and northern New Jersey, with about half in Mercer County.

Subway, bus and rail service is normal.  No delays are reported at the area airports.

A winter storm warning for parts of New York and New Jersey remained in effect until late Thursday morning.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo activated the State Emergency Operations Center to monitor the storm and any emergency needs.

"Winter weather has arrived for many parts of the state, so as a precaution we have opened the emergency operation center to coordinate response efforts using all state and local resources," Governor Cuomo said.

Several roads were closed because of storm-related problems. A light pole fell onto the Harlem River Drive near 139th Street, closing the road for a while. The Taconic State Parkway was also closed between SR-6 and I-84 for a few hours.

Clouds increased throughout Wednesday as showers made their way from southern New Jersey to the northeast across the area and into Connecticut.

The snow converted to rain in New York City by evening and intensified overnight.

Up the Hudson Valley and into the interior locations in N.J., N.Y. and Conn. those areas saw  snow accumulations in the 3- to 5-inch range.  But heading even further north west into western Passaic, Sussex, and Warren counties, those areas could see snow totals of 8 inches or more.

The wind throughout the tristate region will be very strong through Thursday, with sustained winds around 25 to 35MPH, with gusts up to 60MPH. Those winds will be capable of bringing down trees and power lines, leading to power outages.

Also, the persistent northeast winds will pile the waters up in our coastal areas leading to some coastal flooding. Western long Island sound will likely see moderate flooding at times.

The National Weather Service says snowfall totals range from 4 inches at Ogdensburg on the Canadian border in northern New York to 12 inches in Allegany County in the Southern Tier.

The Buffalo area has received up to 11 inches from the storm that featured wind gusts of 30 mph when it hit western New York Wednesday afternoon.

The weather service says up to 16 inches could fall in some upstate areas, with 20 inches possible in higher elevations, by the time the storm begins diminishing later Thursday.

State police report about a dozen accidents on the Thruway system, none of them fatal.

The storm system has been blamed for six deaths and several injuries in the Midwest and South.

Some airlines waived change fees for people trying to change their flights to get out of New York ahead of the storm.

NJ Transit was cross-honoring tickets on trains and buses system wide from 1 p.m. on Wednesday through Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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