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What To Expect
Light snow is expected to begin late Monday night and intensify overnight into early Tuesday morning. The heaviest snowfall is expected Tuesday morning through the afternoon. Some areas along the coast could also see a mix of rain, sleet, and snow. Areas that get all snow could be hit with 12 to 18 inches, with totals reaching up to two feet in some areas. At the height of the storm, snow could fall at a alarming rate of 2-4 inches per hour!
The MTA officially declared that all subway service above ground will be suspended at 4 a.m on Tuesday morning. They have up to 13,000 works on duty in the subways tomorrow, with 9,700 of them dedicated to clearing the snow.
The LIRR and Metro North are expected to be significantly impacted as well. Final decisions on service will be made by the MTA at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
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More than 750 Monday flights were already cancelled by 8 a.m, most related to a major storm that swept through the Midwest over the weekend. Almost 1,000 Tuesday flights were also cancelled. Airports such as JFK and LGA and Newark could stop flights for much of the day on Tuesday.
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“We’re preparing for a significant storm on Tuesday, and New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous road conditions,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement. “Besides the snow, it will be cold. We urge you to avoid unnecessary travel and help keep roads clear for Sanitation crews and first responders.”
Some additional snow showers are also likely to take place on Wednesday.
Alternate side parking rules will be suspended on Tuesday and Wednesday but meters will remain in full effect. Garbage, recycling, and organics collections are also suspended. The Department of Motor Vehicles and the Post Office will both remain open in the event of the storm.
The New York City Sanitation Department has already prepared over 1,600 snow plows and 700 salt spreaders for the storm. More than 280,000 tons of rock salt is available to sprinkle on the sidewalks and walk ways. Workers will work 12-hour shifts trying to eliminate as much of the snow as possible.