For the most part, the worst of Winter Storm Stella has passed, leaving us with high winds and a lot of slush. Luckily, the city didn’t get the two feet of snow that was projected but the few inches that did accumulate were enough to create hazardous conditions. For now, public transportation continues to operate on a modified schedule and with limited service on the MTA, Long Island Rail Road, and suspended service on the Metro-North but is on the path to returning back to their normal schedules.
Road conditions are particularly bad in many areas, with the city’s 511 portal reporting flooding across the boroughs. Below is a list of the affected areas:
- Flooding on the westbound Belt Parkway near Exit 11A- Flatbush Avenue North and Exit 9B- Knapp Street. Two lanes are blocked.
- Wind restrictions and reduced speed warnings are in effect on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for both levels in both directions.
- The Throgs Neck Bridge, RFK Triborough Bridge, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Marine Park Bridge, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Cross Bay Bridge, and Henry Hudson Bridge also have reduced speed warnings in all directions.
- As of 9 a.m., New York State implemented a travel ban for all tractor trailers and tandem trailers on all directions for the I-95.
New York City Alerts reported severe flooding on the FDR Drive near 96th Street.
Flooding conditions on the FDR under covered roadway south of 96th street. Use caution. pic.twitter.com/QNWyHCxSag— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) March 14, 2017
Mayor de Blasio plans to keep the state of emergency in effect until Midnight. But things are slowly getting back on track. The MTA has announced that it will restore above-ground service beginning at 6 p.m. and Mayor de Blasio will reopen public schools tomorrow morning.
This won't be politically popular, but schools are OPEN tomorrow in New York City.— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 14, 2017