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NYC’s first major winter storm of 2019 is here: Everything you need to know

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A winter storm is going to drop anywhere from four to eight inches of snow on NYC

Winter Storms Brings Snow To New York City Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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.)

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.

The Staten Island Ferry, Citi Bike, and NYC Ferry service are both operating as normal.

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

Additionally, some colleges have canceled classes, including NYU and all CUNY schools have canceled classes.

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.

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.

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.