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Hercules flexing his muscles in first storm of 2014


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

Updated Friday, January 3, 7:05 a.m.

The year is starting out with a shot of nasty weather that is predicted to bring near-blizzard conditions to the city.

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide state of emergency Thursday afternoon to prepare officials for winter storm Hercules, which is forecasted to bring five to nine inches of snow to the city.

“To ensure an effective and rapid response to this winter storm, I am declaring a statewide state of emergency, so resources can get to communities where they are needed as quickly as possible,” he said.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm warning until 1 p.m. Friday.

Cuomo also announced the Long Island Expressway will be closed from midnight to 8 a.m. on Friday from the Queens/Nassau County border and east. The Northern State Parkway and all MTA bridges and tunnels will remain open.

“As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to many parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel and stay indoors,” he said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio emphasized the “forecast could change at any moment.”

“That’s why it’s so important for everyone to pay close attention to updates in the coming hours,” he said at his administration’s first press conference Thursday evening.

Alternate side parking has been suspended Friday to facilitate with snow removal, but payment at parking meters remains in effect.

All express subway service will run local for the start of the morning rush hour, until all stored trains are moved from the express tracks. Riders should expect delays on city buses due to the weather. The Long Island Rail Road is operating on a weekend schedule effective 12:01 a.m. Friday. The Metro-North is running on a reduced schedule after 8  p.m. Thursday, and a Saturday schedule on Friday. To see any additional MTA service changes, click here.

The weather is also affecting air travel. All flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) were suspended as of about 6:12 a.m., but the airport will remain open. Flights could resume in a couple of hours, said the FAA. Thousands of flights have reportedly been canceled across the country Friday, and travelers are urged to check with their carriers before heading to the airport.

City officials have no plan to close specific streets yet, but will monitor that need as the storm progresses, de Blasio said.

The City of New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has put 2,300 workers on 12-hour shifts, and 1,700 trucks with snow plows will be deployed once two inches of snow hit the ground. To track the progress of DSNY clearing operations throughout the five boroughs, click here.

Kew Gardens and South Ozone Park had accumulated more than 5 inches of snow as of 4 a.m., according to NWS.

Senior centers throughout the city will be closed through Friday, and de Blasio urged city residents to keep a close eye on the homeless population.

Joe Bruno, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) commissioner, said the NYPD, FDNY, EMS and other emergency officials will “work around the clock until this is over.”

OEM has issued a hazardous travel advisory for Friday, and is warning motorists to drive slowly, monitor weather and traffic, use major streets or highways, and have the name and number of at least one local towing service.

Temperatures will be blustery, with a high Friday of 17 and low around 8. Wind chill, however, could make the weather feel as cold as 10 below zero, de Blasio said.

Borough residents hit grocery stores and gas stations Thursday afternoon to prepare for the impending storm. People were piling into the Waldbaums on Francis Lewis Boulevard just “picking up extras,” but said “the crazies” would be sure to clear the shelves in the hours to come.

“I’m getting extras just in case,” said Anita Oberwiler, who anticipated frantic shoppers to come rushing through as the afternoon pressed on.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Cloudy. Light snow likely this afternoon. Temps nearly steady around 30. Winds NE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 40%. Thursday night: Periods of snow. Low 16. Winds NNE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 90%. 5 to 8 inches of snow expected.

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City to get another round of snow


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Get ready for some more snow.

For the third time in a week, another round of flakes will hit New York City.

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a “snow alert” starting at 4 a.m. Tuesday and will be deploying its snow fighting equipment as needed. Alternate side parking has been suspended Tuesday to facilitate with snow removal, but payment at parking meters remains in effect.

The New York City Office of Emergency Management has also  issued a “travel advisory” for tomorrow.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected Tuesday.

The flakes will start falling after 3 a.m., but could mix with rain before tapering off in the afternoon. The high tomorrow will be around 35.

Tuesday night the low will be around 24 with a chance of snow, mainly before 7 p.m.., according to the NWS.

 

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Hardware stores report no spike in sales despite storm


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

By Alexa Altman

As the city braces for Nemo, hardware stores report no spike in the sale of storm essentials.

Peter Lee, manager of Platz Hardware in Ridgewood, said dwindling foot traffic in his western Queens store is due to residents recycling the salt and shovels they bought for previous storms.

“The funny thing is we’ve had a lot people prepared already so it’s been a slow day,” said Lee. “We were preparing to have a busy day but so far it’s been a dead. There’s not even traffic outside the store.”

An employee at Metropolitan Lumber & Hardware in Astoria said they hadn’t seen an increase in business before the storm either.

Steven Kandel, of New York Lumber and Building Supply, said his business has seen a steady demand for goods to weather the storm. His business, which supplies salt and shovels to the hotels surrounding JFK International Airport, ran half a dozen deliveries yesterday and four so far today.

“We bring it in by the truckload and we keep selling it,” he said.

Kandel said that while many residents are most likely already equipped, the devastation of Sandy has cautioned many against being unprepared.

“After [Superstorm] Sandy I guess you can’t just put these things on the shelf and say it’s not going to happen,” said Kandel. “It’s certainly scaring a lot of people. I hope it’s not a big storm.”

 

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New York City bracing for snow this weekend


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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After avoiding accumulation in Wednesday’s nor’easter, New York City is bracing for several inches of snow to coat the area this weekend.

Two to four inches of snow is expected in the city, according to the National Weather Service, with the snowfall to begin after 9 a.m. before tapering off later in the day.

In preparation for the storm, the DSNY has issued a snow alert and plows and salt spreaders are ready for tomorrow morning if needed.

The storm is moving north and is expected to drop several inches of snow on Philadelphia before making its way to the city.

Over the Christmas holiday, a nor’easter struck the Midwest, killing more than a dozen residents and dumping almost two feet of snow some places. New York City avoided snow and only experienced high winds and rain.

A mix of snow & rain expected during morning commute tomorrow


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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New Yorkers will likely have to deal with a wintry mix of rain and snow during their commute tomorrow morning.

The precipitation is set to begin early tomorrow with the snowfall picking up at around 8 a.m., according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Approximately one inch of accumulation is expected. Snow will give way to rain in the afternoon.

The Department of Sanitation began loading salt spreaders today in preparation for the storm and has issued a “snow alert.”

Thousands more lose power after second storm strikes area


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Efforts to restore power to the thousands of Queens residents still without electricity was dealt another blow yesterday when another storm swept through the area, halting recovery efforts and adding thousands to the list of those without lights.

Con Edison restored power to about 90 percent of those tho lost electricity during Sandy before a nor’easter poured several inches of snow on the borough.  An additional 9,000 residents in Queens had their power knocked out yesterday by the storms high wind, heavy snow and rain.

Restorations were delayed temporarily yesterday due to the storm’s high winds making it unsafe for crews working on overhead equipment, Con Ed said.

Crews got back to work last night when the winds died down, a spokesperson said.  The company expects all customers, including those who lost power yesterday, to have power restored by the weekend.

 

Queens Morning Roundup


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Today’s Forecast

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a northwest wind 17 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Northwest wind 11 to 16 mph.

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| brennison@queenscourier.com

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After a relatively snow-free winter last year, New Yorkers will need to get their shovels out of the shed and dig in this winter.

A report from accuweather.com said the Northeast will be hit with an above average amount of snowfall this year. Average snowfall in the city is 25 inches, meaning the city is forecasted for well above two feet of snow this year.

Last winter, residents had to deal with only five inches of powder, a far cry from the more than 50 that blanketed the city the year prior.

Despite the report, meteorologists from the National Weather Service (NWS) said it is still too early to predict this winter’s snowfall.

“At this time there is about an equal chance of average, above average or below average precipitation this winter,” David Stark, meteorologist from the NWS, said.

New York was in a La Nina winter last year, said Stark.  This year’s outlook is looking at a neutral or El Nino winter, which may have, as of now, an unknown effect on the season’s weather, he said.

Stark did add that one aspect of the city’s winter will be above average; the NWS’s Climate Prediction Center said New York has 30 percent chance of seeing above normal temperatures this winter.

Snow Alert Issued


| jlane@queenscourier.com

The Department of Sanitation has issued a Snow Alert ahead of this weekend’s potential precipitation.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night, New York City may see between one to two inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.  The accumulation should end by early Saturday afternoon.

In preparation for the snow, sanitation workers begin initial equipment readiness, including loading salt spreaders, attaching plows when necessary, preparing tire chains and notifying supplementary personnel as needed.

The MTA has also put their Winter Weather Plan into effect.  Some services may be subject to change depending on the forecasts and weather conditions.  Visit mta.info to see if any service is affected.

The Snow Alert begins at 10 p.m.

Snow Big Deal


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THE COURIER/Photo by Toni Cimino

After a relatively mild winter in the city, Queens got dusted with anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow early on Saturday, January 21. Even with the light accumulation, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made sure not to take any chances with preparedness as the city placed close to 1,800 sanitation workers on duty with snow removal equipment. Salt spreaders were also deployed to stay ahead of the storm, which measured 4.3 inches in Central Park.

3 to 6 inches of snow forecasted for city


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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After months of unseasonably warm weather, it appears winter is descending on the city.

Between three to six inches of snow is expected to fall in the city.  A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).  The forecasts call for the snow to begin late tonight through Saturday afternoon. The advisory lasts through Saturday.

After last winter’s record-breaking snowfalls, New Yorkers have seen nothing more than flurries this season.  More than 60 inches of powder fell on the city last winter.  The relatively-warm season has been snow-free with the only accumulation falling on Halloween weekend.

The NWS warns that driving conditions may be dangerous due to snow-slicked roads and limited visibility.

The Department of Sanitation has also issued a snow alert initiating DNSY personnel to begin preparing snow removal equipment.

Due to the impending snow alternate side parking regulations  are suspended citywide on Saturday. Parking meters and all other posted parking restrictions will remain in effect.

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