Hudson Valley temps to stay above freezing as flood fears abate

A woman tries to clear a slushy puddle A woman tries to clear a slushy puddle after rain and melted snow soak sidewalks and roads in Yonkers just two days after a huge snowstorm hit the Hudson Valley. (Feb. 11, 2013) Photo Credit: Lili Holzer-Glier

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Hudson Valley commuters slogged through a rainy Monday morning as a slew of schools announced delayed openings in the wake of the weekend nor'easter that dumped about a foot of snow on the region.

But lighter-than-expected rain could minimize flooding, forecasters said.

Lauren Nash, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said a freezing rain advisory for Westchester and Rockland counties expired at 9 a.m.

"We're expecting a quarter to a half inch of rain," she said. Some earlier forecasts had called for as much as three-quarters of an inch.

The lighter rain, which was expected to taper off Monday afternoon, largely will be absorbed by the snowpack from the nor'easter.

"Tonight, we're expecting the area to stay above freezing," Nash added.

In Poughkeepsie, only one westbound lane and one eastbound lane were open on U.S. 44/55 over the Mid-Hudson Bridge. The right shoulder of the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway was blocked near Exit 21, the New York State Department of Transportation reported. A disabled vehicle was reported on the Taconic State Parkway northbound south of the County Road 21 exit.

More than 60 schools announced a delayed opening in a concession to the winter weather.

Normal weekday schedules were in effect for the Metro-North's Hudson and Harlem lines, as well as the New Haven line between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal.

Metro-North was providing about half its usual Monday morning rush-hour service between New Haven and Stamford, officials said, as service resumed on the Danbury and New Canaan lines but not the Waterbury branch.

Officials urged commuters to consult www.mta.info for information on afternoon service.

New York City subway service was operating normally on most lines. Signal problems at Times Square forced some southbound N and R trains to run express schedules from 57th Street-Seventh Avenue to Canal Street.

No No. 1 trains have operated between Rector Street and South Ferry since superstorm Sandy. Riders going to South Ferry should use the nearby Whitehall Street or Bowling Green stations instead, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

High temperatures are expected to reach the 40s Monday and Tuesday, Nash said.

The National Weather Service is monitoring a coastal low front that could hit the region Wednesday, she said, but computer models now forecast the storm's center will move southeast of Long Island and bring the New York City metropolitan area a dusting to half an inch of snow.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported weather-related delays of about 54 minutes for for flights bound for Kennedy Airport, an hour and 50 minutes at LaGuardia Airport and 2 hours, 10 minutes at Newark Liberty International Airport. Traffic was flowing normally at Stewart International and Westchester County airports.

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