Today may be the first day of spring, but Mother Nature has other plans; New York City is in the path of yet another winter storm that could bring as much as 15 inches (yes, really) of snow to the city. This marks the fourth such storm since the beginning of 2018, with the most recent—a nor’easter—hitting the area just two weeks ago.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the five boroughs and the surrounding environs beginning at 6 p.m. today and continuing through Wednesday night, with a mix of sleet and snow due to begin after midnight. The NWS is currently predicting that snow could fall at a rate of one to two inches per hour, with total snowfall around 12 to 15 inches in some parts of the city.
Additionally, there will likely be strong wind gusts of up to 45 mph—which is bad news for areas already affected by power outages—and the possibility of flooding in coastal areas.
As of right now, many relevant city agencies haven’t yet announced plans for dealing with the storm, beyond Sanitation, which announced that it “will continue to monitor forecasts and will provide updates as the snow event approaches.”
Alternate side parking has officially been suspended on Wednesday and Thursday:
UPDATE: #NYCASP rules will be suspended tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22 for snow operations. Parking meters will remain in effect.— NYC Alt Side Parking (@NYCASP) March 20, 2018
Public schools are, as of this writing, due to be open.
All of this could change, however, so keep watching this space for updates.