Winter Storm Stella hit New York City last night, and despite initial projections that a blizzard of historic proportions was on its way, the storm has now been downgraded to, well, a storm. According to the National Weather Service’s latest projections, the five boroughs can expect to see about four to six inches of snow over the course of the day, rather than the 12 to 24 inches that was initially bandied about.
That doesn’t mean the weather is exactly pleasant, though: As you’ve likely already surmised, there’s still a wintry mix happening outside, with snow and ice coming down. There are also still high winds and accumulation on the ground, making for a nasty commute—or a good excuse to take a snow day.
Even though NYC is no longer under a blizzard warning, Mayor de Blasio is still warning city dwellers to “stay off the road and be safe.” Transit options are still limited: service at above-ground subway stations remains suspended, and while the Long Island Rail Road will remain in service—though likely with delays and cancellations—Metro-North will suspend its service at noon. (Upstate New York is expected to get quite a bit more snow than the five boroughs.) Local buses are still running. The MTA’s website has more details on what these changes entail, while the city’s 311 portal has a more comprehensive list of closures and changes across city agencies and institutions.
New Jersey Transit trains, meanwhile, are still running, though the service’s buses are suspended today. PATH Is running on a normal schedule.
And as expected, the storm is affecting travel in and out of the city: More than 1,000 flights to or from Newark Liberty International Airport have been canceled, according to FlightAware, along with 852 to and from LaGuardia, and 771 in and out of JFK.
So despite a “busted forecast,” the storm is still causing plenty of headaches in the city—and will likely do so throughout the rest of the day. So stay inside (if you can), and be safe out there if you can’t; we’ll keep you updated as the day goes on. Additionally, this interactive map can help you track the snow accumulation in your area.
Wow, the NWS has shifted the rain/snow like just to the north of NYC.— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) March 14, 2017
That means mostly slush instead of mostly snow. A busted forecast. pic.twitter.com/8LVAmewcKC