Pro Tips: Snowstorm
Friday, February 08, 2013
Much of the region is under a blizzard warning until 1 p.m. Saturday as a nor'easter continues to move through the region. Here's the latest on official statements, planning and updates that you'll need to watch.
Here's what you need to know as you wake up Saturday morning and plan your day.
New York City saw between 4 and 10 inches of accumulation and New Jersey saw between 4 and 15 inches. Both ares largely avoided the worst of the storm. Areas to the north and east of the city were hit much harder. Many parts of Long Island saw more than 20 inches of snow, including St. James in Suffolk County, which reported 27.5 inches.
Many lines on the Long Island Railroad are shut down, as is the Long Island Expressway and many roads in Suffolk County.
Connecticut was also hit hard. Hamden, near New Haven, reported an astounding 34 inches of accumulation.
Local and State governments and agencies (and WNYC) are reacting to the storm. Here's what they're saying:
While the ban on travel is lifted at 4PM, we still want to urge residents to stay off the roads if at all possible. #CTStorm— Governor Dan Malloy (@GovMalloyOffice) February 9, 2013
NYers are urged to stay inside, sunny weather can be deceptive -- it is dangerous to be on the roads | pls. RT to others #NYBlizzard— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) February 9, 2013
Respect the work of the 1st responders & pls don't complicate their work by unnecessary travel | 1st responders were heroic last night— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) February 9, 2013
We need ppl to stay off the roads so plows can get through. Every time a car stalls or is abandoned, it causes further delays. #CTStorm— Governor Dan Malloy (@GovMalloyOffice) February 9, 2013
NY airports open - planes rolling at LGA - hglaser1 just took this from the air instagr.am/p/VhGo-4pHRH/— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) February 9, 2013
One of the biggest problems we face is stalled or abandoned cars on our roads. Every time that happens, it causes further delays. #CTStorm— Governor Dan Malloy (@GovMalloyOffice) February 9, 2013
Metro-North resuming service at approx 11AM on the full Hudson Line & Harlem Line btwn Grand Central & Southeast #nemo— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) February 9, 2013
The #siferry is now operating on a normal schedule.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) February 9, 2013
Mayor: New Yorkers were really cooperative. They stayed off the roads. Do the same today, and check in on elderly neighbors.— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) February 9, 2013
Remember: don't toss shoveled snow back into the street. Pile it on your lawn or elsewhere.— NYC Sanitation (@NYCSanitation) February 9, 2013
The previous 35 mph speed restriction at the GWB is no longer in effect.Please drive carefully.— Port Authority NY&NJ (@PANYNJ) February 9, 2013
Update via @panynj: Some commercial flight activity at JFK & LaGuardia airports is expected to resume as early as 9am --> check your carrier— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) February 9, 2013
Please be advised, Metro North is suspending service as of 10 PM Friday evening. Please use alternate routes: alert.mta.info— NYC OEM - Notify NYC (@NotifyNYC) February 9, 2013
Mayor: please use 911 only for genuine emergencies. Use 311 for other calls -- we've brought in extra call-takers. #Nemo— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) February 8, 2013
Mayor asks people to stay off the streets: "It's for your own safety." After-school programs and Sat city events cancelled.— Colby Hamilton (@bcolbyhamilton) February 8, 2013
Sandy remains "fresh" in city agency's minds, Bloomberg says, making them "ready for anything."— Colby Hamilton (@bcolbyhamilton) February 8, 2013
Mayor says 10-14 inches are expected by tomorrow, but Nemo remains "unpredictable." twitter.com/bcolbyhamilton…— Colby Hamilton (@bcolbyhamilton) February 8, 2013
We're ready for #Nemo: we have 250,000+ tons of salt on hand, 350 salt spreaders & plows ready to be put on 1,800 Sanitation trucks— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) February 7, 2013
Motorists should exercise extreme caution, allow for extra travel time and avoid unnecessary trips on our roadways #Nemo— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) February 8, 2013
We're mobilizing & preparing for a major statewide storm w/ 1,400 snow plows & 650 salt-spreader trucks at the ready. #Nemo— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) February 7, 2013