Winter Wallop: Storm Dumps More Than a Foot of Snow

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A couple makes their way through the snow in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn on January 27. A couple makes their way through the snow in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn on January 27. (Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC)

A massive snow storm overnight dumped more than a foot of snow across the city, closing public schools in the five boroughs, canceling hundreds of flights and causing widespread disruptions across New York City transit, MTA and New Jersey Transit.

Mayor Bloomberg, who said he took the subway this morning, closed all non-emergency government offices in the city and advised New Yorkers to stay home Thursday after 19 inches of snow fell in Central Park overnight Thursday.

"We've got a lot of private contractors working with us and plowing," Bloomberg told WNYC Thursday morning. "We've got the main streets pretty much down to the black top. ... By the end of the day we should be able to go down pretty much every street."

But the snow snarled mass transit and made for a messy commute Thursday morning, forcing the closure of area airports, delays on trains and subways and the citywide suspension of MTA bus service, which has since been partially restored.

The MTA's Web site was oversubscribed for close to an hour during the morning commute, preventing many people from accessing it.

Nathaniel Mahlberg, who was stuck at Port Authority Bus Terminal this morning, griped that he was having no luck trying to get to his business meeting in Pittsburgh and was nearly out of transportation options. His journey began at JFK.

"I originally had a JetBlue flight out of JFK, which obviously is not happening. Then I got a Megabus, which didn't happen this morning either. So, here I am at Greyhound, and I will get there quite late," he said. 

Brad Chambers, who had been waiting for eight hours to catch a bus to Richmond, Virg., said he slept on the floor of the bus depot.

"My bus was late getting into New York, and I thought I had missed my stop, until I looked out the window and saw the blizzard and knew I was going to be here for a while once I got here."

There were 405 flights canceled at Newark this morning, 325 flights at JFK and 168 at LaGuardia, according to the Port Authority.The MTA has restored partial or full bus service on all of its Manhattan and Nassau County routes. Several routes in Brooklyn and Queens, and a handful in the Bronx and Staten Island are still suspended.

Updated 1/27 at 7:00 PM

Subway service has been restored on all lines, but the MTA is urging commuters to expect some residual delays.

The Long Island Railroad is operating on a reduced schedule for the evening rush hour, canceling 18 of its 126 eastbound trains. Commuters should expect crowded trains. Buses are replacing train service east of Speonk on the Montauk Branch and east of Ronkokoma on the Main Line to Greenport.

Electric train service east of Hicksville. Commuters can transfer to diesel trains at the Hicksville station to continue east to Syosset, Cold Spring Harbor, and Huntington. Expect delays.

An MTA spokesman says the LIRR is expected to operate on a normal weekday schedule on Friday, and service is expected to be restored east of Ronkokoma and Speonk.

MetroNorth has suspended service on its New Canaan, Danbury, and Waterbury Branches for the rest of the day. The New Haven Line will operate on a Sunday schedule with hourly service, except for cancellations at 4:34, 5:34, and 6:34. Hudson and Harlem Lines are operating on a Saturday schedule. An MTA spokseman says MetroNorth is expected to resume normal weekday service on all of its branches on Friday.

NJ Transit
NJ Transit riders should expect train cancellations and combination during the evening rush, with residual delays, on all branches.

Many NJ transit buses are suspended. Due to weather conditions, NJ transit will be cross honoring tickets.

Bridges and Tunnels
MTA reports good service on all its bridges & tunnels.

All PATH trains are now operating on a normal weekday schedule.

Access-A-Ride & Able-Ride
Access-a-Ride and Able-Ride service is canceled for today, except for trips that are medically necessary. Call in advance to make a reservation.

New York's three major airports are operating, with airlines hoping they'll be able to run nearly normal flight schedules on Friday. While the situation wasn't as bad as last month's blizzard, some travelers were stuck at area air terminals overnight.

Newark Airport is experiencing two-hour arrival delays.
JFK arrivals are experiencing one one-hour and forty-seven minute delays. All AirTrain JFK service has been temporarily suspended. Free shuttle bus service is being provided from Jamaica Station and the Howard Beach A train station to the airport.
LGA departures are experiencing one-hour and forty-five minute delays.

Janaya Williams contributed reporting.

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Alternate side parking rules are suspended for further notice on January 27, 2011
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More than a foot of snow is on the ground in Brooklyn after an over night storm on January 27, 2011
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One pedestrian chooses to walk in the street in Park Slope, Brooklyn on January 27, 2011
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Snowfall in the Mid-Hudson valley

Snowfall in the Mid-Hudson valley

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A single shoveler pits himself against the snow Thursday morning January 27, 2011
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Pristine Pre-dawn at the top of the Inwood Hill Park sledding hill
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l Mayor Bloomberg closed all non-emergency government offices in the city and advised New Yorkers to stay home Thursday after more than 15 inches of snow fell in Central Park overnight Thursday.
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A massive snow storm overnight dumped more than a foot of snow across the city on January 27, 2011
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The MTA suspended bus service Thursday morning, January 27, 2011
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The MTA suspended bus service Thursday morning, January 27, 2011
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Prospect Park
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Skiing in Park Slope
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Grand St, Brooklyn
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Grand St, Williamsburg
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Dianand Persaud, 40, upset Thursday because his street isn't plowed.
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Cars under snow on Seaman Ave. in northern Manhattan
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J / Z Marcy Street stop
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Snow on top of the chess tables at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village
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Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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Looking East to New Jersey from Lower Manhattan
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Cleaning up a fallen awning on Avenue C
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Looking South to New Jersey from Lower Manhattan
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Snow on West 82nd St.
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Central Park West and 82nd St.
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Snow-covered bike on the Upper West Side
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Snowfall in Connecticut
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Snowfall in Connecticut
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Snowfall in Connecticut
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Snow-covered Avenue A
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New street art on East 15th St.
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Snowfall downtown Manhattan
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Snow clean-up on East 15th St. around 10 a.m.
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Weeks' worth of snow piled up to more than a few feet on Long Island after the latest storm on Jan. 28
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Streets were plowed in Nassau County, and sidewalks were covered in shoveled snow.
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Some shrubbery puts the amount of snow on Long Island in perspective.
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Snow-covered trees along the Grand Central Parkway in Queens.
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Soho Square, covered in snow.
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Snow-covered Spring Street
Snowy streets in SoHo on Janurary 27, 2011
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Snowy streets in SoHo on Janurary 27, 2011

Nicole of New York City's Lab School enjoying her day off in Lower Manhattan
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Nicole of New York City's Lab School enjoying her day off in Lower Manhattan

Snow blower making it's way down street in SoHo
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Snow blower making it's way down street in SoHo


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Comments [14]

margaret from Woodside, Queens NYC

I guess the roads were clearer for motorists this snowstorm around, but what about the pedestrians, it's virtually impossible to cross the street at any intersection in my neighborhood in Queens without stepping into deep puddles of icy water and slush! i witnessed countless people trying to navigate crossing the street around traffic etc, even one pre-school group out for their daily walk in the area. I guess the city has no money or the intersections to be cleaned let alone bus stops. C'mon Mike B you haven't got it all right yet!

Jan. 28 2011 11:33 AM
Michael Meltzer

Where are you, Buckminster Fuller, now that we really need you to build us a gigantic dome?

Jan. 27 2011 11:11 PM
Eman in Bedstuy from Brooklyn

Bedstuy is still pretty snowed in so I'm not sure why Bloomberg is claiming that "every street" would be cleared. Oh wait, he meant Manhattan...well, Manhattan 59th Street and below. How nice. Especially since being disabled already makes it hard to get around....this makes it impossible. So I guess I'll continue reading/interneting/cooking/etc etc.

Jan. 27 2011 06:31 PM
Joseph from Bronx

We called everyone and don't them not to come to work as per policy and not to worry we would pay them anyway. Did anyone listen? We wonder, having some come to work and have to be sent home since we weren't open. Next time stay home, you know who you are.

Jan. 27 2011 06:27 PM
Ann Arlen from South Village, Manhattan

From early AM until just now (1PM), I let the snow write itself through my camera lenses. Snowgraphy! Yayy! ^. .^ (my cat likes it too)

Jan. 27 2011 01:03 PM
Frosty from Central Park West

Can't Nanny B pay off God with some of his billions and get him to stop with the snow already?

Jan. 27 2011 11:49 AM
Elizabeth from NYC

I'm still wondering about the lack of reporting during the first storm. Schools were closed and streets were blocked and there was NO mention of it on WNYC. During the morning their was a segment with a game where callers called in and gave random topics. So the airwaves had talk about pets, plants, restaurants. Nothing about the snow storm or blocked streets that later made national news. It was bizarre.

Jan. 27 2011 09:21 AM

Your updates on the radio are inadequate--it would be really helpful if you didn't just repeat the PR of the MTA. "Some subways are not running all the way to the end of the line" is hilarious. Measure the Q train from Prospect Park to Coney Island: that's where most of the riders are, and I'll wager it's more than 2/3 the length of the line. Everyone out here is without a means of getting to work. My office, in Manhattan, is open.

Jan. 27 2011 08:41 AM
Elizabeth 2010 from queens

why can;t you have the bus run on main street
on northern boulevard to great neck on northern
on hillside straight run from Jamaica to 260 near all long island rail road
Jamaica ave to parson or near the rail road
around nyc

Jan. 27 2011 08:10 AM
taeyoung choi from NJ

Are buses going to running this afternoon?
I wanna know NJ transit.

Jan. 27 2011 08:08 AM
Nadine from Brooklyn

No Q train between Prospect Park and Coney Island

That mean no Q on ave J?

Jan. 27 2011 08:01 AM

Are the buses going to be running this afternoon?

Jan. 27 2011 07:32 AM
mikeweb from brooklyn

The info.mta site seems to be down right now - or at least was about 5 minutes ago @ about 7:00. Anyone?

Jan. 27 2011 07:04 AM
Juan from bronx new york

is the A Train Running to Farrockaway?

Jan. 27 2011 06:50 AM

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