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Blizzard Warning in Effect for New York City

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a citywide Blizzard Warning, beginning on Monday, January 26 at 1:00 p.m. until Wednesday, January 28 at 12:00 a.m. The current forecast calls for 20-30 inches of snow, with locally higher amounts possible and snowfall rates of up to 2-4 inches per hour late Monday night into Tuesday morning. Northern winds of 30-40mph are forecast, with gusts of up to 65mph possible. Temperatures in the lower 20s are expected, with visibilities of one quarter mile or less at times.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday that the snowstorm is likely to be one of the largest in the recorded history of New York City. He urged New Yorkers to “prepare for something worse than we have seen before. Prepare to be safe. Take every precaution. Now is the time to get ready for this extreme weather. It is so important to focus on safety in these next few days. Don’t underestimate the storm. Prepare for the worst and we will all be able to get through this together.”

According to the New York Times, “Mr. de Blasio said the Sanitation Department had scheduled 12-hour shifts, with 2,400 employees on each shift, working from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Nearly 500 salt spreaders will go out before the snow. After two inches of snow have fallen, the city will deploy plows to clear about 6,000 miles of road. The sanitation commissioner, Kathryn Garcia, said that 2,000 plows from her agency would be available, along with 242 from other agencies.”

Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership’s Clean and Safe Program

  • Tomorrow morning, the BID’s Clean Team, contracted through Atlantic Maintenance, will be out in the neighborhood spreading salt and shoveling snow to clear pedestrian paths on the Public Plazas and clearing crosswalks and catch basins at intersections throughout the district. If you see them, don’t forget to thank them for their hard work! 

Delays and Suspension

  • NYC Department of Sanitation has suspended garbage, recycling, and organics collections due to snow. Trash pick ups should resume at the end of the week. Alternate Side Parking (Street Cleaning) regulations are suspended on Monday, January 26 and Tuesday, January 27, 2015 due to snow.  
  • On Monday, January 26, based on the expected storm, all after-school programs, PSAL, and evening adult education programs will be canceled. School field trips will also be canceled. Schools will be open on Monday for the regular school day. Schools will also administer Regents exams as scheduled.

Roadways and Sidewalks 

  • During a winter storm, snow and ice are first cleared from highways, snow emergency streets, bus lanes, and other primary routes. Then all other roadways are plowed. Property owners must clear snow from their sidewalks. 

Travel Advisory

  • The New York City Subway will be operating in a Plan V preparation mode, which means that New York City Transit will store trains underground tonight to protect the subway car fleet from the elements.  New York City Transit stores trains underground on express tracks, so this will impact express service at night and into the overnight hours.
  • The MTA is planning to operate a normal bus service as of this morning, but depending on road conditions, service may be curtailed as the day progresses.

For more from the MTA, visit

General Information

You can get snowstorm updates from the City’s NYC Severe Weather website. You can also register for Notify NYC to get alerts on services affected by the storm sent to you by email, text, or phone.


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