1st snowflakes fall as arctic air blasts northeast
RAMSEY (WABC) -- The coldest temperatures of the season so far are in town Tuesday and Wednesday, with temperatures dropping steadily.
The bitter blast also brought some rain and the first snowflakes of the season across the New York area, particularly to the north and west of New York City and in northern New Jersey on Tuesday.
Residents in Bergen County awoke to a few flurries early in the morning, and Eyewitness News reporter Anthony Johnson was pelted with sleet in Ramsey. It is unusually cold for this time of the year, with wind chills only registering in the 20s and even the teens.
There was no accumulation, but the conditions made for a tricky morning commute.
In Westchester County, temperatures were plummeting by the minute. This allowed early drizzle to change over to some light snow in White Plains.
Further north, snow showers overnight in the Buffalo area caused slippery roads and some car accidents. Authorities tell The Buffalo News that icy conditions caused a one-car accident in Buffalo and a multi-vehicle crash in Tonawanda, but there were no serious injuries.
There were also reports of power outages in Hamburg and Orchard Park.
The same system brought the earliest snow to the Chicago area since 2006. It wasn't enough to stick, but it did coat some cars.
And in western Pennsylvania, streets were covered because of the lake effect snow. Temperatures in Erie were well below freezing prior to daybreak.
new jersey news, new jersey, bergen county, ramsey, westchester county, white plains, snow, accuweather
- Police search for missing 11-year old Brooklyn boy
- AccuWeather: Cooler Sunday
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- Get WATCH ABC for your mobile device
- Vietnam says it may have found missing jet's door
- Cherry Hill Mall parking dispute turns violent 32 min ago
- Man found shot to death in Bronx apartment
- Crash on Garden State Parkway leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt
- Liam Neeson to tour stables amid carriage horse debate
- New measure to make child care more affordable
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford gets daylight savings time wrong
- Toddler's FaceTime saves mother after dog bite 7 min ago
- Antonio Cromartie released by Jets
- Rangers top Red Wings 3-0 in Lundqvist's 300th win