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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Streets of Lower Manhattan on the second big snow fall of the year, on January 20, 2014. Streets of Lower Manhattan on the second big snow fall of the year, on January 20, 2014. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

We are updating the list below as new information becomes available:

New York City Public Schools are open today. Several New Jersey school districts, including Hoboken, announced school closures for Wednesday due to snow. A full list of tri-state-area school closings is here.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said no one was treated differently when it comes to snow cleanup. He was asked repeatedly at his press briefing Wednesday morning about reports of uneven snow cleanup efforts across the city.

"The snow hit right before rush hour in some parts of the city where there's obviously a high concentration of vehicles. It created a real jam up and it had to be worked through," said the mayor. "But every neighborhood was serviced devotedly by the men and women of sanitation."

A state of emergency is in effect in Suffolk, Nassau, Richmond, Kings, Queens, New York, Bronx, Westchester and Rockland counties. The declaration calls for deploying additional equipment and personnel, and activates New York's Emergency Operations Center.

NJ Transit is cross-honoring tickets on all lines, and plans to operate on a weekend schedule on Wednesday. You can get the latest here.

The MTA's Incident Command Center is activated in response to the storm. More from the MTA can be found here.

For the latest on flight delays check Flightaware.com.

The Wildlife Conservation Society says its New York City zoos and aquarium will open one hour later due to the snow. The Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and the New York Aquarium will open at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The Office of Emergency Management has issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory for Tuesday and Wednesday, warning that the weather could cause slick sidewalks and roadways. Officials are urging people not to drive if at all possible. If driving is necessary, drivers are urged to drive slowly, use major streets or highways, and keep the number of at least one local towing service in the car with them.

"Quite a cold, wintry scene and also very hazardous travel," said Meteorologist David Stark, noting conditions will be particularly perilous Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. Stark said colder air moving in will also keep us chilly through the week. Temperatures are likely to be in the low to mid-teens, while wind gusts of up to 35 miles an hour will make it feel even colder.

How's your commute going this morning? Have the streets in your neighborhood been plowed? Tweet @WNYC or let us know in the comments. 

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Comments [9]

JOSEPH P. WALL from Pelham Bay, Bronx

As far as getting "snow days" are concerned, everybody must realize that there is a state law on the books that states that each student attending school must do so 180 days in any given year. At the same time, the Department of Education should see to it that, each indivigual public school gives students and parents new guidelines at the begining of each school year in September that, for the coming winter, when a snowstorm reaches six inches or higher, all public schools will automatically be shut down and closed for the day thus creating a "snow day". Each "snow day" would then be deducted from the mid winter recess to make up the days. When I was attending school from the mid sixties thru the mid seventies, we really did not have mid winter recess except, at Easter time. My question to the Department of Education is,how come this problem always comes up when there is a major snowstorm in the Winter but never comes up at the end of each school year in June? No wonder that there are people out there that want schools to remain open throughout the year and never close down for summer recess.

Jan. 22 2014 04:02 PM
SI from SI

Coming home from the Ferry the SI buses were for the most part a no-show...however the streets got plowed on my street. So, no complaints there.

Jan. 22 2014 11:51 AM
lk from Brooklyn

Non stop plowing in my area in Fort Greene. There is nothing left to plow and yet they keep coming every few minutes and all last night. What a waste of money. Let them get back to picking up the garbage.

Jan. 22 2014 11:01 AM
sz from Queens

state of emergency yet school are open and kids and teachers will be out on the road early in dangerous conditions. such an irresponsible decision by the DOE.

Jan. 22 2014 12:24 AM
cynthia vance from manhattan

So many stalled buses on both 79th street and lexington avenue. Several seemed to have "jack-knifed" and hit cars and structures on the sidewalk. One that was stuck for a while had chains on the tires, but others don't. would have been a sensible way to send them out in this weather... is there a way to upload photos?

Jan. 21 2014 09:08 PM

Another appalled Manhattanite. The buses were nowhere to be found. Middle schooler waited over half an hour for the M15 Select Bus up 1st Ave. Took cab with friends, which crawled then got stuck on 1st around 50th St. Husband walked from office to rescue them, paid $80+ fare, and then walked the rest of the way home. Over three hours from dismissal to return home.

Jan. 21 2014 08:17 PM
Ken Fishel from Midtown Manhattan

Manhattan is completely gridlocked. NO PLOWS, NO SALT SPREADERS, NO TRAFFIC AGENTS. The City administration is intentionally diverting resources out of Manhattan or they are completely inept. Four years of this mismanagement to look forward to? HELP!

Jan. 21 2014 07:03 PM
jen from manhattan from Manhattan

Not a single snow plow or salt truck in the lower east side of Manhattan all day as far as I can tell. My son waited an hour for the First Avenue bus which never came. The roads are an absolute mess and traffic is horrendous. Is the Mayor doing a Chris Christie and punishing Manhattan for voting for Scott Stringer? Where are all the snow plows? Red Hook???

Jan. 21 2014 06:28 PM
d john from manhattan

Where are the Plows? Most of manhattan is untouched. I can tell you from personal observation that neither 3rd ave or 57th st in manhattan (pretty primary if you ask me have not seen a plow--buses are having traction problems.

I hope that this time around the media does not give the mayor a pass like last time and pretend sanitation did an adequate job. I am convinced now that the plow maps are fake!

Jan. 21 2014 06:09 PM

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