Rare November snowstorm wreaks havoc on commutes

Key Points
  • New York City's Central Park saw 6.4 inches of snowfall.
  • Commuters across the tri-state area faced slow rides to work Friday morning, following a rough commute home Thursday night.
  • Children in West Orange, New Jersey, spent the night at school after buses were unable to pick them up
Pedestrians walk through a wintery mix of snow, rain and ice during the evening commute in Manhattan on November 15, 2018 in New York City. 
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The first snowstorm of the season gave way to rain and high winds in the New York City area Friday before skies partially cleared later in the day. Central Park saw 6.4 inches of snowfall. 

Commuters across the tri-state area were facing slow rides to work on Friday, following a rough commute home Thursday night .

There were severe delays Thursday following an accident on the George Washington Bridge involving multiple cars and tractor-trailer trucks.

@NYScanner: Oops!! the winter weather has started. The GWB is a total lockdown. Expect Heavy traffic.

New Jersey Transit bus passengers should expect substantial delays and cancellations Friday because many drivers worked past their normal schedules and federal law mandates a rest period.

New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal reopened Friday after it closed Thursday evening because of crowding, as commuters were packed into the building.

@BKaes: But you should totally build a Helipad for Jeff Bezos and Co. #portauthority #mta #pennstation @NYCMayor @andrewcuomo

As of 10:00 a.m. ET Friday morning, the Port Authority said it was operating normally, but urged passengers to allow extra time for their morning commute, as NJ Transit and other bus companies were still reporting delays and cancellations.

Some students at Liberty Middle School in West Orange, New Jersey, were forced to sleep at their school after their buses turned back.

@Liberty_WO: 2:30am UPDATE... ....some students playing hangman and Pictionary, others watching movie #5, parents still picking up...Main Office game planning (our weekend)...and I checked my steps from yesterday (sounds strange to say that - yesterday!!)....@woschools

Many schools were closed or were opening with delays in upstate New York districts.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.