BREAKING NEWS: NYC, NJ could see up to foot of snow; blizzard on Long Island may dump 18 inches

NEW YORK — A powerful storm set to bring a foot of snow or more is making its way through the tri-state area Thursday.

People walk on the pedestrian walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge in the snow, Feb. 9, 2017 in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A winter storm warning is currently in effect for the tri-state area, except for Nassau and Suffolk counties, where a blizzard warning is in place. A state of emergency has been issued in Suffolk County.
Snow will fall at a rapid pace during the morning hours, with up to 3 inches an hour in some areas expected, along with strong winds and low visibilities.
Officials warn of possible white-out conditions and caution drivers to avoid using their vehicles if possible. Public transportation is recommended.
Click here for a look at what your commute will look like.
Schools throughout the tri-state area will also be closed due to the winter blast.

Click here for a full list of school closures.

New York City
Snow will be heaviest between 6 and 10 a.m. throughout the five boroughs. Total accumulation is forecast to be 8 to 12 inches.
The New York City Department of Sanitation has 689 salt spreaders on the job across the five boroughs. More than 1,600 plows will be dispatched when more than 2 inches of snow fall.
City officials warn of “blizzard-like” conditions. If people must go out during the storm, officials urge them to use public transportation.
New Jersey
Northern New Jersey will be hit the hardest from 5 to 8 a.m. Up to a foot of snow is expected in the area.
In central and southern New Jersey, precipitation will start out as rain before changing into snow from 6 to 9 a.m. The heaviest snow will land from 9 to 11 a.m. and total accumulation will be around 4 to 8 inches.
Long Island
All of Long Island faces hazardous weather conditions, with accumulations expected to be more than a foot of snow, up to 18 inches in spots.
A blizzard warning has been extended from Suffolk County into Nassau. Snow is expected to hit hardest from 8  a.m. to 2 p.m.
Heavy snow and gusty winds up to 45 miles per hour will reduce visibility about a quarter-mile or less at times.

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