NYC braces for Superstorm Nemo

February 8, 2013 Heather Chin
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The following are regular updates on the status of NYC and Superstorm Nemo. Scroll down for a list of links and resources.



12:45 p.m. 

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  • Recycling and trash pick-ups will resume a normal schedule tomorrow, Monday, February 11. Alternate-side parking regulations will be suspended, but parking meter rules WILL be in effect. (This may change. We will update accordingly if it does.)


10:40 a.m. – Governor Andrew Cuomo:

  • Roads are mostly clear; NY will be sending plow equipment, personnel and utility crews to Connecticut and Massachusetts, which got hit harder that we did.
  • Suffolk County received 30+ inches of snow; equipment from out-of-state is on the way.
  • Please avoid going on the roads for anything but “urgent business” so as to allow for snow plows and emergency responders to get through.
  • Thank you to first responders for helping car-stranded residents. “We’re getting too much experience in emergency management… and cooperation and coordination with our local government counterparts.”


  • All service mostly normal.
  • LIRR service suspended on Montauk, Far Rockaway, Hempstead, — lines.
  • Metro-North service will resume more at 11 a.m.

10:10 a.m. – At least 10,000 power outages have been reported in Long Island, via the Long Island Power Authority.

ConEd reports restoring over 3,000 outages throughout NYC overnight; around 300 remain in the city at this time. In Brooklyn, around 50 outages remain. No outages were reported in Westchester County. ConEd’s Outage Map is updated every 15 minutes. To report an outage, click here.

Governor Andrew Cuomo will be speaking on the status of New York later today.

9:45 a.m. – The blizzard warning for NYC is no longer in effect.

Snowfall is now mostly over, although “scattered” snowfall will continue in some areas through Noon, says the National Weather Service. However, ‘winds will continue to pick up this morning with gusting through the afternoon, blowing snow and causing snow drifts.”

All MTA subway service is running, mostly according to a regular weekend schedule.The Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway are CLOSED in Suffolk County.

Some Brooklyn parks are open; Prospect Park is having a public SNOW DAY with games, sledding and hot treats for the whole family. Check for updates.

NWS snowfall totals were last taken late last night, before midnight. At that time, Brooklyn Heights had 4 inches, Greenpoint had 3 inches, and Sheepshead Bay had 2 inches. Anyone who looks out their window this morning, though, can see that the snow is well past 6 inches in all of these areas.

Central Park had over a foot of snow.


10:30 p.m. – Metro-North suspended all rail service as of 10 p.m..

According to Pat Kiernan, snow totals are highest in Central Park, at 4.3 inches as of 10:36 p.m.; in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, snow has passed three inches.

8:15 p.m. – Brooklyn Bike Patrol is on duty doing limited service tonight from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.. They may suspend patrols as weather conditions worsen. Call 718-744-7592 before you arrive, with an estimated time of arrival.

6 p.m. – Snow is falling at 1 to 2 inches per hour, said the National Weather Service, which added that 2-3 inches per hour in some areas are possible this evening.

Snowfall over NYC, as of 5 p.m. on Friday, February 8.

5:20 p.m. – A message from the NYPD in the 68th Precinct in Bay Ridge:

The hail and sleet has now turned to snow which is starting to accumulate.   The roads are slippery already and they will continue to get worse as the storm intensifies.  If at all possible- please stay indoors.   Driving and even walking conditions are starting to become dangerous.  In addition as many of you might know already, most if not all of our local gas stations are either closed or out of gas as long lines over the last few days emptied their supply.  Most are awaiting deliveriesand should have gas soon.”

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the NYC area that will remain in effect until 1 p.m., Saturday. Between 10 to 14 inches of snow and 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts up to 45 mph are expected.

At around 4:30 p.m., Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York State.

During the day on Friday, the warmer temperatures will bring a mix of rain and snow, but the precipitation will turn to all snow by 3 p.m., with the worst storm conditions forecasted for tonight. The snow should taper off during Saturday morning.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a severe weather advisory for the city, and, even though the schools are open today, cancelled all after-school programs and PSAL games have been cancelled.

The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North trains are operating on adjusted schedules.

There will be no garbage or recycling collection on Saturday, February 9.

Alternate side parking is suspended citywide through Sunday, but if your vehicle is found blocking roadways or hindering the ability to plow streets, it may be towed at the owner’s expense.


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