The blizzard is here. New York can expect six to 10 inches of snowfall today and windy blizzard conditions.
While travel conditions may be okay for the morning commute, they are expected to worsen as the day goes on and the snow accumulates. Much of the accumulation is expected to take place between noon and 5 pm.
What does that mean for you? On one hand: school closings, event cancellations, flight and train delays. On the other: sledding and free hot chocolate in New York City parks.
- All New York City public schools will be closed on Wednesday and all after-school events have been canceled. All New York Archdiocese Catholic schools in the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan will also be closed. See list of public and private school closings from NY1.
- Mayor Bloomberg urges New Yorkers to avoid driving in the city and use mass transit. The MTA predicts that there will be some delays and service changes. As of 8:30 am, subways were running on schedule. Delays are likely on Metro North trains. Check for up-to-the-minute information on transit delays and service changes.
- New York kids (and kids at heart) can enjoy a day of sledding and free hot chocolate in parks in all five boroughs. Parks & Recreation will provide the sleds. In Manhattan, the sledding fun will take place in Riverside Park at Riverside Drive and 103rd Street from11 am until 3 pm.
- City offices will be open. New York City courts will be closed except for family and criminal emergency applications.
- The city has suspended alternate-side parking rules for Wednesday to make plowing easier.
- JetBlue, US Airways, and Continental have already canceled hundreds of flights and have relaxed their ticketing policies.
Stay safe and warm out there. To report any snow emergencies or get help shoveling snow, call 311. The city also encourages New Yorkers to call 311 if they see anyone sleeping on the street, so they can be helped.