Tonight, a major winter storm is expected to hit New York City. The snowfall will begin shortly after midnight and last throughout the day and late into the evening of Tuesday, March 14th. Here is what you need to know to be ready for the coming blizzard:
- All NYC public schools will be closed tomorrow, March 14th
- Alternate side parking has been suspended for Tuesday, March 14th and Wednesday, March 15th
- Garbage, recycling, and organics collections are suspended tomorrow, March 14th
New York is currently expecting snowfall of between 14-20 inches in Manhattan and 16-20 inches in the outer boroughs with wind gusts reaching 40-50 MPH. Additionally, coastal flood warnings will be in effect in Brooklyn, southern Queens, and Staten Island from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM tomorrow; and in northern Queens and the Bronx from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM tomorrow.
Though blizzards such as these can be dangerous and a nuisance, the City is hard at work making sure that it is prepared. As this storm progresses, visit the City Office of Emergency Management’s web page for updated information. You can also stay up to date on this and future storms by signing up for regular alerts from Notify NYC.
To monitor the progress of plow vehicles in your neighborhood, visit Plow NYC, the Department of Sanitation’s new online mapping tool that allows you to track the progress of snow removal operations throughout the five boroughs. The City’s 311 hotline will also have up to date information. Additionally, the MTA will have updates regarding the status of subways and other commuter trains throughout the day.
Lastly, here is some advice on how to stay safe, warm, and dry during this blizzard:
- Stock up on food, water, and any medicine you or a family member need
- Do not go outside unless it is absolutely necessary
- Watch for frostbite and know the signs of hypothermia
- As you clear snow, do so carefully and watch for ice
- NYCHA residents should contact(718) 707-7771 to report issues or use the MyNYCHA app on their phones or tablets
You can also check these winter weather safety tips from the NYC Office of Emergency Management. Stay warm and stay safe.