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March snowstorm could bring 7 inches to Queens

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/NYC Sanitation

Updated 4:36 p.m.

Before Queens residents spring forward this weekend, they’ll need to dig out of up to 7 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm warning for New York City from 7:00 p.m. Wednesday to 7:00 p.m. Thursday. The storm is expected to bring 4 to 7 inches of  the white stuff.

Rain and sleet during the day Wednesday will change to snow overnight, according to NWS. The snow will keep falling on Thursday as temperatures drop to the low 20s by the afternoon. By about 7 p.m. the flakes will taper off.

Though the sun will return on Friday, temperatures will stay chilly with a high around 24 degrees.

But, as we turn our clocks ahead on Sunday and gain that extra hour of sunlight in the evenings, temperatures are also signaling that nicer weather is coming.

The next week should have highs in the 40s.



Winter storm warning issued citywide starting Sunday night

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/NYC Sanitation

Updated 3:34 p.m.

Oh snow.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning citywide starting 7 p.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Monday.

There will be a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain. The current forecast calls for 4 to 8 inches of snow, along with about one quarter of an inch of ice. Visibility is expected to be about one quarter mile or less at times.

With the snow set to start falling during the Sunday’s Big Game, during a storm briefing that afternoon Mayor de Blasio cautioned New Yorkers leaving Super Bowl celebrations.

“..You’re going to have to be ready to be careful at that point,” he said.

The mayor also warned that the biggest threat of the storm would be ice, which would come in the early morning hours Monday. He asked people to stay out of city parks tomorrow morning because of danger of falling limbs and to stay off the roads and use mass transit if possible.

The MTA system is expected to be running smoothly, de Blasio said, but delays are possible.

He also said the city’s public schools are expected to be open on Monday, but parents should check first thing in the morning to confirm.

Alternate side parking is suspended on Monday to help with snow removal, but payment at parking meters remains in effect.

This winter storm warning comes less than a week after the city was hit with the storm, dubbed Juno, which initially threatened to drop two to three feet of snow throughout the tri-state area.

This caused a state of emergency and travel ban to be issued on all state and local roads for 13 New York Counties for almost nine hours. The storm also had the MTA shut down its entire subway, bus and commuter rail systems. It was reportedly the first time the transit agency has suspended service for the winter weather.

However, at the last minute Juno moved eastward and totals in Queens reached only around a foot in most areas.


Snow again: Winter storm to strike city Thursday

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

Updated 6:10 p.m.

Get ready for some more snow.

The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasted 8 to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow through Friday morning. A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from midnight tonight until 6 a.m. Friday.

Wednesday afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed state agencies to prepare for the impending Nor’easter winter storm.

This one will bring a mix of snow, sleet and rain as well as windy conditions, according to the NWS.

““I have again directed state agencies to prepare and coordinate resources for the Nor’easter that is forecasted for late tonight and into Thursday,” Cuomo said. “As we have done in previous storms this season, the State is directing necessary resources to the areas in greatest need, and we will be flexible in our ability to redirect equipment and personnel as the storm reaches the state.”

Snow will develop around 3 a.m., and continue throughout the day before tapering off about 24 hours later. During the day, with temperatures hovering around the mid-30s, there will be a mixture of snow, sleet and rain, according to the NWS. Winds will be 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph during the storm.

Subways plan to operate on normal weekday schedule during the morning rush hour. The LIRR is developing service plans for the coming storm, and may offer extra afternoon service. To track developments, click here.

Buses may reduce service by up to 20 percent if conditions warrant. Alternate side parking regulations are suspended through Saturday, but meters remain in effect.

In preparation of the inclement weather, the city’s Department of Sanitation has issued a “snow alert,” starting at 1 a.m. Thursday. It said its plows and spreader will be ready, but trash and recycling pickups will need to be delayed during its snow operations.

To track the progress of DSNY clearing operations throughout the five boroughs, click here.




More snow on its way to NYC

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Updated 9:45 p.m.

Another storm is set to strike the area late Tuesday night into Wednesday, just as the city is recovering from a significant snowfall that dropped around eight inches on the city Monday.

“The snowstorm situation is really getting a little too common,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at press conference Tuesday morning, asserting that the city is prepared for another storm.

He said this storm’s mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain and milder temperatures will help mitigate its impact.

But “be ready for a difficult morning commute,” he warned, and urged New Yorkers to use mass transit when possible.

A  “hazardous travel advisory” is in effect for the area Wednesday, the New York City Office of Emergency Management said.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from midnight through 6 p.m. Wednesday, with two to four inches of snow predicted as well as about one third of an inch of ice.

The snow will start after midnight, then change to a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain around daybreak, according to NWS. The precipitation should taper off the early evening commute. Highs Wednesday will be in the low 30s.

Alternate side parking remained suspended Tuesday and will be suspended again on Wednesday to facilitate snow removal, but meters will still be in effect.

The Department of Sanitation has issued a ‘snow alert’ for Tuesday, starting at 10 p.m.  and will be deploying its snow fighting equipment as needed.

To track the progress of DSNY clearing operations throughout the five boroughs, click here.

The MTA said is preparing for the possibility of ice building up during the Wednesday morning rush hour, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Customers, however, should prepare for potential delays or service suspensions, and are urged to monitor service status on the MTA’s website before leaving their homes Wednesday morning.

The city’s subway cars will be moved and stored underground on express tracks overnight, which will affect express service on portions of certain lines into Wednesday morning. Bus service will run at 85 to 90 percent capacity and some suspensions are possible on a route-by-route basis.

The MTA has canceled Fastrack maintenance on the A and C lines in Brooklyn for the rest of the week.

The Long Island Rail Road expects to operate on a regular weekday schedule throughout Wednesday.

Metro-North plans to reduce morning rush hour service by 18 percent to accommodate heavy snowfall predicted for Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley, and will combine 27 of the usual 154 morning rush hour trains.




Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Tuesday: Cloudy with periods of snow late. High near 25. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. 3 to 5 inches of snow expected. Tuesday night: Cloudy with snow. Low 12. Winds N at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 90%. 3 to 5 inches of snow expected.

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