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NYC weather: Fast-moving storm dumps 5 inches on Central Park 

Mayor Bill de Blasio closed city schools Sunday night ahead of the storm.

A look at Central Park as wet snow

A look at Central Park as wet snow blankets part of the Upper West Side on Monday. Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

A fast-moving storm dumped 5 inches of snow in Central Park ahead of the Monday morning commute, the National Weather Service said. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio closed city schools Sunday night ahead of the storm, when it was predicted up to 8 inches would blanket the area making for messy morning travel. Early snow totals reported for the outer boroughs reached a high of 3.5 inches near LaGuardia Airport, according to the weather service. Jamaica totaled 2 inches shortly before 3 a.m.

With many areas still reporting totals, some neighborhoods saw negligible snowfall.

"Snow is winding down but there are many roads and walkways covered with slushy inches of snow. Please plan extra time for your commute this morning," the NWS tweeted shortly before 6 a.m.

The weather service had issued a winter storm warning until 7 a.m. Monday, with warnings to stay off roads. The city Department of Transportation also suspended alternate side parking Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Prepping for the storm, the city had 695 salt spreaders and 1,600 plows at the ready.

The snow tapered off before 6 a.m., leaving highs near 40 degrees and a projected wind chill between 25 and 30 degrees, the weather service said.

Chilly temperatures are expected to stay through Friday, but no more precipitation is expected. 

“We may not see above the freezing mark until later in the week, so watch out for some icing conditions on the roadways,” meteorologist Tim Morrin said.

With amNewYork staff

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