If you thought that last week’s record-breaking warm weather, paired with the beginning of March meant that spring was in close range, the nor’easter currently ripping through the city is proof that winter still has a few tricks up its sleeves.
According to the National Weather Service, Winter Storm Riley, as it’s been named, is bringing a mix of rain and snow along with sustained winds between 20 and 30 miles per hour and wind gusts as high as 55 m.p.h. There are also flood advisories in effect until 5 p.m. for parts of Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
While public transportation doesn’t seem to be severely impacted by today’s weather, the same can’t be said for flights departing from and coming into the city. Flight status tracking website Flight Aware reports that hundreds of flights at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports have been either delayed or cancelled.
At LaGuardia Airport, all incoming and outgoing flights have been cancelled while at JFK Airport, 345 flights have been cancelled thus far. There was a ground stop in effect earlier today at JFK, however, there is some action, though you should still check with your airline for the status of your flight.
Due to heavy winds, there currently are no arrivals/departures from #LGA. Please contact your airline for your flight’s status before coming to the airport. — LaGuardia Airport (@LGAairport) March 2, 2018
After an earlier ground stop, #JFK aircraft are departing again. Delays average 60 minutes.— Kennedy Airport (@JFKairport) March 2, 2018
Governor Andrew Cuomo has put a travel advisory into effect, requesting limited travel in all areas north of New York City and Con Edison has reported more than 600 power outages as a result of the storm.
I am issuing a Travel Advisory for all areas north of New York City.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 2, 2018
Strong winds, heavy snowfall, and limited visibility are creating hazardous driving conditions across the state. I encourage you to stay off the roads. https://t.co/KjcMiVgIID
Our suggestion: If you don’t have to be outside today, then don’t. Now might also be a good time to refresh yourself on winter storm preparedness and what to do in the event that you lose heat or hot water. Of course, if there is a serious emergency, do not hesitate to dial 911.