UPDATE: 2:00 PM on Monday, January 26
- Blizzard Warning in effect from from Monday, Jan. 26, at 1 PM, until Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 12 AM
- Expected Snowfall: 20 to 30 inches
- Snowfall rates of up to 2 to 4 inches per hour, Monday night through Tuesday Morning
- Wind Gusts up to 65 MPH
- At time visibility will be ¼ of a mile or less.
Closures, Suspensions, and Areas to Avoid
- Alternate Side Parking is suspended on Monday, Jan. 26, and Tuesday, Jan. 27
- New Yorkers are advised to stay out of city parks beginning at 6:00 PM
- After-school activities, PSAL, and evening adult education programs are cancelled Monday, Jan. 26
- Schools will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 27. Click here for to check for updates regarding school closures.
UPDATE: 1:45 PM on Monday, January 26
Updates for NYCHA Residents
Today and Tomorrow
- NYCHA Community Centers will close tonight at 6 pm
- NYCHA senior centers will close at 5 pm.
- Both centers will close tomorrow.
- Section 8 and Public Housing inspections will be canceled for tomorrow.
Senior and Vulnerable Populations
Besides the outreach to seniors and people with disabilities in senior developments, NYCHA is working with partners to do the following outreach:
- Advanced Warning System messaging out and on-going – this directs home care providers, attendants, non-profits who support vulnerable populations what they should do to check on their clients and refer issues
- HRA has notified all vulnerable populations coordinators and Home Care Partners and clients. They have put into place “mass excusals” for clients that cannot show up to appointments Tuesday. This ensures persons won’t lose benefits (food stamps etc.).
- Con Edison and PSE&G doing outreach to Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) customers regarding preparations, support services outages and status
Throughout the storm event, residents should contact the Customer Contact Center (CCC) which is available 24/7 to report any heat and/or hot water issues and other maintenance concerns at: (718) 707-7771
UPDATE: 1:30 PM on Monday, January 26
- Subways will begin to shut down after 7 p.m. Monday, Cuomo said, so the Metropolitan Transportation Authority can store trains in underground tunnels.
- Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North will shut down after 11 p.m., Cuomo said. The MTA will run 26 additional trains from Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal earlier Monday afternoon to help people get home and will combine or cancel 14 Metro-North trains after 5 p.m. For details, visit the MTA website.
- PATH service will switch over to a Sunday schedule after 9 p.m.
- Tractor-trailers will be banned from major roads, including I-84 and I-287 starting at 4 p.m.
- Major roads may be closed after 11 p.m.
- The lower level of the Manhattan Bridge has been closed off to traffic going to Manhattan until Wednesday morning. Cars going to Manhattan should use the upper level of the bridge. Brooklyn-bound traffic will not be affected.
- At LaGuardia Airport, 78 percent of flights had been canceled as of 12:30 p.m. Monday, while 50 percent of flights had been canceled at JFK Airport.
Original Post: 10:30 AM on Monday, January 26
A Blizzard Warning is in effect for New York City beginning Monday afternoon through 12 am Wednesday morning. Snow accumulations are forecast to be 20 to 30 inches with locally higher amounts possible and wind gusts up to 65 mph. I’m encouraging everyone to take this storm incredibly seriously and I hope you’ll follow these tips:
- The best place to go for updates on the storm and the city’s response is NYC.gov’s severe weather page, where you can find updates on when your street will be plowed, whether schools will be open tomorrow, and storm preparedness tips. The New York Times also has a helpful interactive feature with updates on our roads, airports, buses, subways, and schools.
- I’ll be updating my website throughout the day with the latest news, links and tips.
For free emergency alerts by email, phone, or text message, sign up for NotifyNYC.
- In the event you do have an emergency, call 911 immediately. For all other concerns or for information about the storm, please dial 311 or call my office at 212-928-6814.
Please stay off the roads during the entire blizzard warning to the extent that you can. We expect a difficult evening commute and I strongly recommend using public transportation.
- If you’re concerned that your street has not yet been plowed or need assistance clearing snow from your sidewalk, call 311. You can also reach out to my office at 212-928-6814 or email email@example.com.
- For the latest updates on changes in bus and subway services, visit the MTA’s website.
- Make sure to visit the supermarket before conditions deteriorate and purchase everything you might need for the next three days. Also be prepared for the possibility of a power loss. Click this link for tips about tips from the Red Cross on what you should have on hand as part of a survival kit.
- Alternate side of the street parking is suspended today and tomorrow, as is garbage collection. After school programs are cancelled for today, and though schools will likely be closed tomorrow, a decision is forthcoming. Again, check NYC.gov or sign up for Notify NYC to stay updated.
- Please check-in on your elderly neighbors or those who may have ambulatory challenges.
- The Department of Homeless Services HOPE Count, originally scheduled for overnight tonight has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.