We don’t care what political affiliation you have, you can’t tell us that there’s not something going on with the weather. Call it global warming, or whatever you like but something is causing these blizzards and extreme low temperatures.
The Big Apple was brought to a virtual halt early this morning by another monster storm — this one not only shutting area airports, but also closing city public schools and non-emergency government offices, as well as forcing the suspension of all buses citywide.
According to the National Weather Service, 19 inches of snow had accumulated in Central Park thanks to the one-two punch that hit the city yesterday and overnight.
The Department of Sanitation said this morning that all primary roads had been plowed and are now passable, and that they will aim to have every road plowed by tonight.
The second round of snow began at around 8 p.m., falling at about an inch an hour. It quickly caused horrific driving conditions that included near-zero visibility and ice-slicked roads.
Winds gusted up to 30 mph.
The snow was expected to taper off early today — but it could still wreak havoc for morning commuters.
Subways that normally run express are expected to go local, with some sections that run above ground suspended.
Metro-North is runinning its Harlem and Hudson lines on a Saturday schedule and has suspended service for its New Haven line. The LIRR will be running on a reduced weekday schedule.
The Sanitation Department deployed more than 2,000 pieces of equipment attempting to clear major roads by the morning rush.
The original forecast was for about half the amount of snowfall, and the surge caught officials by surprise.
It wasn’t until mid-morning yesterday that alternate-side and meter parking rules were suspended and a weather emergency declared. The parking reprieve continues today, and trash pickup has been suspended.
More than 1,000 flights had been canceled at the area’s three major airports before they were shuttered
Good luck to those of you reading this from your living room or bed because your job or school is shut down.
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