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NYC Snowstorm Closes Schools, Dumps Up To Nine Inches of Snow On City

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By Aidan Gardiner and Trevor Kapp

NEW YORK CITY — Public schools were closed Friday morning after a snowstorm dumped as many as nine inches of snow in parts of the city overnight, officials said.

Citing "severe weather conditions," new schools chancellor Carmen Fariña made the announcement early Friday, just a day after she took office and students returned from winter break.

"Student after-school programs and PSAL games are also cancelled. We urge New Yorkers to exercise caution when going outside," the chancellor said in a statement.

Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens reported the heaviest snowfall with totals topping nine inches in Greenpoint, Bergen Beach, Glendale and Bedford Park, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow was expected to continue falling and taper off later in the morning, the NWS said.

But commuters could expect a difficult and even dangerous commute as  temperatures in the teens kept snow from melting and 25 miles per hour winds whipped it up to reduce visibility, officials warned.

Commuters were advised to opt for mass transit instead of driving, but to check for service updates on the MTA's website.

"The New York City Metropolitan area is seeing snow accumulations and freezing conditions that are expected to continue throughout the morning,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a Friday morning statement.

“We are currently seeing good service with minimal impacts, but will keep a close watch on the forecasts and field reports throughout the region," he added.

The MTA resumed some express service Friday morning after suspending those subway lines the night before, according to the its website.

But most buses were reporting delays, the MTA said.

Regional rail service, including Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road, was running on weekend schedules on Friday morning.

The city has deployed nearly 2,500 plows from various agencies to help clear the roadways, according to the Department of Sanitation.

The city's PlowNYC map provided live updates on snow plows' progress throughout the city.

AirTrains were still running to JFK airport though flights were grounded due to zero visibility, according to the Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration.

For the latest on weather in your neighborhood, check DNAinfo's weather page.

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