Strong and freezing winds lead to speed restrictions, empty truck bans on bridges; bus detours for ice cream
Update: Speed restrictions and empty truck bans have been lifted at the Bayonne Bridge, according to the New York and New Jersey Port Authority.
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Residents of Staten Island are waking up to high winds, seemingly single-digit temperatures and patches of ice during rush hour Tuesday morning.
Gusts of around 40 mph are blowing through our borough, keeping temperatures in the 1930s, according to AccuWeather.com.
Constant northwesterly winds of 15 to 25 mph could fuel gusts of up to 50 mph in the area, according to the National Weather Service.
The MTA has imposed speed restrictions on all drivers and has banned empty tractor-trailers and tandem trailers until 10 a.m. on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge.
All empty semi-trailers, empty tandem trailers, motorcycles and house trailers are prohibited at the Bayonne Bridge where the speed limit has been reduced to 30 mph for all drivers, according to the New York Port Authority and the New Jersey.
MTA S66 buses will not stop in the Grymes Hill section in either direction due to ice conditions. Stops will be made along Victory Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Clove Road, according to the MTA.
Cold and windy weather is expected to persist into the late afternoon and could affect travel into the evening on Tuesday. Temperatures will only rise a few ticks above the 36-degree freezing point, according to AccuWeather.com.
A wind advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Strong winds associated with melting snow could uproot trees or cause branches to fly.
“Be very careful when driving, especially if you are driving a high-end vehicle,” according to the National Weather Service. “Secure outdoor objects”.