Officials: Snow will make a ‘nasty’ commute
Schools remain open; decision will come in morning
New Yorkers are bundling up for a winter storm expected to arrive in time for tomorrow’s morning commute, but city officials said this afternoon they’re prepared to handle the slush storm.
National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory warning of strong wind gusts and up to five inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain, beginning at 5 a.m.
The advisory lasts until 6 a.m. Wednesday, though the snow is expected to peter out just in time for Tuesday’s evening commute, turning to rain.
“Here’s the simple way to say it: tomorrow will be nasty in New York City,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference in Albany this afternoon.
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— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) February 11, 2019
Roads are expected to be slippery, and the National Weather Service warns of “hazardous conditions” affecting morning and evening commutes.
“If you don’t need to use your car then don’t. Stay home if you can,” de Blasio said.
Schools are expected to be open, though the city is expected to make a decision on after school programs and field trips later today.
“Please keep a close watch on the news and stay in touch with us on our website and 311,” the mayor said, adding that a decision on schools could be made in the very early hours.
Sanitation officials briefed reporters on their plans, saying salt spreaders are being deployed this evening and working overnight.
— NYC Sanitation (@NYCSanitation) February 11, 2019
Trash collection is suspended for Lincoln’s Birthday.
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