NYC is warned to brace for up to EIGHT INCHES of snow as Nor’easter bowls in, with 1,000 flights canceled so far and LaGuardia Airport worst-hit: NYC schools report massive tech problems after declaring remote learning day
Millions of people across the Northeast woke to the start of a winter blizzard that could bring its heaviest snowfall in more than two years as the early accumulations wreaked havoc on the morning commute.
Forecast snowfall totals have dropped and the National Weather Service predicts the Big Apple could accumulate five to eight inches of snow.
The strong nor’easter is expected to bring heavy snow, strong winds and coastal flooding across the northern Mid-Atlantic and southern New England.
“Winter will return with a vengeance as the storm moves alongside a push of colder air that will pave the way for more typical conditions for the middle and latter part of February,” said AccuWeather Senior meteorologist Matt Rinde.
According to FlightAware.com, there were at least 1,130 flight cancellations within, to or outside of the United States today.
New York’s LaGuardia Airport has been deeply affected by weather-related delays and cancellations. At least 224 flights out of LaGuardia were canceled and 188 flights with destinations to the airport were canceled.
Millions of people across the Northeast woke up to the start of a winter blizzard that could bring its heaviest snowfall in more than two years
The nation’s largest school system in New York City said it was switching to distance learning and closing its buildings Tuesday because of the approaching storm
The nation’s largest school system in New York City said it was switching to distance learning and closing its buildings Tuesday because of the approaching storm.
New York City Public Schools began the day with technical issues that prevented students from accessing their distance learning.
“We are currently experiencing issues with services that require IBM authentication to log in,” the school system said on X at 8:22 a.m.
“We are actively working with IBM to resolve. We will provide an update as soon as possible.’
By 7 a.m., Central Park had accumulated 1.2 inches of snow, LaGuardia Airport 0.6 inches and John F. Kennedy Airport 0.4 inches, according to New York City Emergency Management.
The Big Apple remains under a travel advisory and people are advised to avoid travel, but if they must, they should use public transport.
“With several inches of snow, poor road visibility and possible coastal flooding on the way, New Yorkers need to prepare for tomorrow’s storm and take the necessary precautions to stay safe,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. a statement “If you don’t have to be on the roads tomorrow, please stay home.”
Some of the highest snowfall totals were forecast for the northern suburbs of New York City and southwestern Connecticut, where 12 to 15 inches (30 to 38 centimeters) were possible, according to the National Weather Service. Gusts could reach 60 mph (100 km/h) off the Massachusetts coast and 40 mph (65 km/h) inland in southern New England.
As of 7 a.m., Central Park had accumulated 1.2 inches of snow, LaGuardia Airport 0.6 inches and John F. Kennedy Airport 0.4 inches
The Big Apple remains under a travel advisory and people are advised to avoid travel, but if they must, they should use public transport
The National Weather Service predicts the storm will move quickly and deepen quickly as it passes south of Long Island
“It’s going to make for a messy commute tomorrow morning,” Christina Speciale, a meteorologist for the weather service in Albany, New York, said Monday. “It’s a fast moving storm so things should clear up by tomorrow afternoon.”
The National Weather Service predicts the storm will move quickly and deepen quickly as it passes south of Long Island.
They are predicting a five to six hour period on Tuesday morning where snowfall rates could reach one to two inches per hour.
The heavy snow rate could lead to dangerous road conditions and poor visibility that could prevent them from being plowed, according to AccuWeather.
Adams said on X, ‘@NYCSanitation crews and spreaders are on the street. Please stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. If you must travel, please use public transport.’
Drivers for ride-sharing platforms Uber, Lyft and food delivery app DoorDash are expected to strike for fair pay across the country on Wednesday.