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What New Yorkers Need to Know About the Snowstorm

Weather: Snowy, then blustery and partly sunny. See below for more details.

Alternate-side parking: Suspended for snow operations. Parking meters were set to remain in effect.

New York City residents, who were bracing for a winter storm during a critical moment in the pandemic, woke to more snow than the area saw all last winter.

On Wednesday, before the snow started falling, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “We want people to take precautions because they need to take the storm seriously.”

You can find the latest updates on the storm region here.

  • The National Weather Service suggested that snow accumulations in New York City could end up on the low end of the initial forecasts of eight to 12 inches. As of midnight, Central Park had gotten 6.5 inches of snow and sleet, the Weather Service said.

    [This is not the way New Yorkers normally greet a major snowstorm.]

    The precipitation was expected to taper off this afternoon, but the below-freezing temperatures and sharp gusts of winds will stick around.

  • Hundreds of flights were canceled. Amtrak said on Wednesday that it was in parts of the Northeast and that it would cancel some services through Friday.

    Metropolitan Transportation Administration officials warned on Wednesday evening that subway service might be reduced. Bus service, which unlike subway service is operating around the clock during the pandemic, could also be curtailed because of icy or snow-filled roads.

    New Jersey Transit on Wednesday suspended bus service in New York and northern New Jersey and rail service systemwide through early this morning.

    New York City’s ferry system was temporarily shut down at 6 p.m. Wednesday, and Citi Bike paused bike rentals an hour later.

  • The city’s Department of Sanitation had 6,300 employees available to work during the storm and some 2,000 vehicles to plow the roadways.

    On Wednesday evening in the city, a multicar collision on an already salted stretch of the Henry Hudson Parkway left a half-dozen people hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

    [What’s a nor’easter, exactly?]

  • The city canceled in-person classes in its public schools today, but Mr. de Blasio said students were still expected to attend lessons online. The decision affected about 190,000 children who had returned to physical classrooms this month.

Reporting was contributed by Carla Correa, Christina Goldbaum, Corey Kilgannon, Juliana Kim, Ed Shanahan and Mihir Zaveri.

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Dear Diary:

From 1951 to 1954, from the time I was 14 until I was 17, I lived in a large yellow house on Governors Island in what is now called Nolan Park.

I returned for a visit during a recent summer and found that my former home was being used by artists. The paint was peeling and everything about the place that had once seemed so elegant now looked shabby.

But the people who were working inside welcomed me. When I explained my history with the house, they allowed me to go up to the third floor. Now roped off, it had once been my teenage domain.

One section of the house had just two stories, and from my bedroom window I used to climb, wearing a bathing suit, onto the flat roof of the adjoining wing, where I would spread out a towel and sunbathe.

I actually only did it until my father found out and issued the kind of order that a military man is accustomed to issuing.

Now over 80, I stood at that window and remembered the feel of the hot metal roof on my bare feet as I carefully arranged my beach towel and my tanning lotion.

Then, as if from out of the past, I heard the voice of the Colonel: “Do not even think about climbing out on that roof ever again.”

I chuckled and murmured, “Yes, sir.” I backed away from the window, descended the stairs and said goodbye to my adolescence.

— Lois Lowry

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