Here we go again.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe blizzard warning for tomorrow (Monday Jan. 26) and Tuesday Jan. 27 for the entire NYC metro area and throughout the Northeast. Predictions are from 20 to 36 inches of snow in a 24-hour period, with wind gusts up to 65 M.P.H. – making this potentially the biggest snow storm in New York City’s history.
I know New Yorkers think we’re tougher than any storm, but please take this one seriously. The snow is expected to begin around noon on Monday. It should start slowly and increase through the afternoon and evening. The heaviest snowfall is expected later on Monday night through early Tuesday. This means that while Monday morning’s commute will likely be uneventful, Monday evening’s commute will be severely impacted. The storm may also cause power outages in some areas.
The National Weather Service is warning of “extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds, with whiteout conditions. Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.”
As of this message NYC public schools are planned to be open on Monday, but all after-school and PSAL programs have been canceled. Public schools will most likely closed Tuesday. Call your school, 311, or check https://twitter.com/NYCSchools for updates. Parents at other schools are encouraged to call the school this evening and again in the morning to confirm the status.
Alternate side parking rules are canceled for Monday and Tuesday (but you still have to feed the meters, I’m afraid). Monday night’s HOPE 2015 annual count of NYC’s homeless population has been canceled.
Below are a few safety recommendations:
Stay Inside as much as is possible. If you can work from home, please do so.
Stay off the roads. If you have to travel, PLEASE do so by public transit. If you must drive, please have snow chains, flares and other safety equipment with you.
If your work hours are flexible, try to start and finish work earlier than usual tomorrow (Monday) so you will not be out in the worst of the storm.
If you are an employer, please contact your employees as soon as possible to encourage earlier out-times for Monday.
Be sure to charge all your phones and electronic devices.
If we do lose power, extra precautions may be necessary, especially for those of us living in high-rise apartment buildings. Check that your home is stocked with:
A working flashlight and batteries.
Enough food for two days
Drinking water (1 gallon per person per day is the rule of thumb).
Buckets of water for toilet flushing, etc.
Medicines you rely on.
A basic first aid kit.
As always, we’re gonna pull through this by working together. Please check in on elderly and home-bound neighbors and relatives to be sure they are prepared. NYC Meals-on-Wheels will be delivering extra meals tomorrow morning starting at 9:30 A.M. to tide people over. If you are able to volunteer to help with those extra deliveries, please e-mail email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to RSVP.
Please reserve 911 calls for actual emergencies (but don’t hesitate to call them if you have one). For other questions on city services, please call 311.
Stay informed by watching and listening to local media. The city is updating http://www.nyc.gov/severeweather regularly. If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to enroll in the NYC Alerts system at https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/. I’ll also be tweeting and retweeting updates at https://twitter.com/NewellNYC throughout the storm.
Please stay warm and safe.