The first major winter storm of the year hit New York City last night, but it didn’t bring the large snowfall that was originally anticipated. The winter storm warning that was originally issued by the National Weather Service has now been lifted, and temperatures will remain in the mid- to high-30s.
Because there wasn’t a cold snap, the snow was heavy and wet, and didn’t end up sticking as much as meteorologists expected. (Some parts of Westchester, meanwhile, got up to 11 inches of snow.)
This storm produced a lot of precipitation for NYC but because it wasn't very cold, the snow was VERY wet, and therefore there wasn't BIG snow. A little colder and this could've easily been 8" or more of snow. pic.twitter.com/4SloyWXywY— Erick Adame (@ErickAdameOnTV) March 4, 2019
While there are hundreds of salt spreaders and more than a thousand plows out on the streets, the city is still asking residents to exercise caution when it comes to getting around on Monday.
And it’s not just getting around that’s going to be tough—the storm is also affecting things like flights, schools, and other essential city services. Here’s everything you need to know.
Your commute is going to be a mess
While no major changes are currently in effect on the NYC subway, buses, LIRR, or Metro-North, today’s slushy conditions will undoubtedly impact service. Buses will move more slowly than normal thanks to slushy street conditions; subway service could be impacted, and stations are likely to be slippery; and commuter rail lines may experience delays. For the subway, bus, Metro-North, LIRR, and SIR, it’s best to check the MTA’s website before heading out.
Additionally, there are likely to be changes on PATH trains and Port Authority buses; the Port Authority’s website will have updates. Amtrak has already suspended some service on its Keystone and Pennsylvanian trains. NJ Transit also has some service changes in effect, but will also cross-honor tickets across its various modes of transport on Monday.
Alternate side parking is suspended
The DOT has taken the precautionary measure of suspending alternate side parking for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week.
Trash pick-up will be delayed
The Department of Sanitation is on snow patrol, which means trash collection is likely to be delayed.
NYC’s public schools are closed
⚠️ Due to expected severe weather conditions, all NYC public schools will be CLOSED tomorrow, Monday, March 4, 2019. pic.twitter.com/cjQxxD3Uwk— NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) March 3, 2019
Flights are going to be delayed
JFK, La Guardia, and Newark Airports are all seeing delays and cancelations as a result of the storm. Conditions should get better as Monday goes on, but it’s best check with your airline before heading to the airport.
Dozens of flights at @LGAairport have been cancelled this morning, but conditions are expected to improve later in the day. Please check with your carrier and allow extra time to get to the airport if traveling this morning.— LaGuardia Airport (@LGAairport) March 4, 2019
Parks and cultural institutions may have modified hours
If you want to spend your snow day at a museum or out in a park, be sure to check in before you head out. New York’s public libraries, for example, will open at 11 a.m.—that includes all NYPL, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library branches.
The High Line announced that it will be closed on Monday.
Code Blue is in effect
When the city’s Department of Homeless Services puts Code Blue service into effect, it opens up shelter accommodations to more homeless New Yorkers in need.
We’re expecting the biggest snow accumulation of the season, and temperatures will drop tonight, Monday night and into Tuesday. Please check on your vulnerable neighbors and contact 311 if you have no heat or hot water. pic.twitter.com/clkZ41EKeN— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 4, 2019
Keep an eye on your heat and hot water
Your first instinct may be to stay indoors and burrow under a blanket, but what if the heat in your apartment isn’t working? Here’s everything you need to know.