Schools Open But Transit Slow After Storm Dumps Foot of Snow

By Aidan Gardiner and Trevor Kapp  on January 22, 2014 6:36am

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 More than a foot of snow fell on parts of the city, the National Weather Service said.
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NEW YORK CITY — Public schools remained open but transit in and around the city slowed as New Yorkers dug their way out of the second major snowstorm of the year.

Unlike the year's first snowstorm earlier this month in which most of the white stuff came overnight, the bulk of the latest snow fell early Tuesday evening, giving the city time to recover enough to run close to normal on Wednesday morning, city officials said.

Though schools were open, officials asked that people travel safely.

"Travel conditions may be difficult, and families should exercise their own judgment when taking their children to school," schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña  said in a statement.

Queens bore the brunt of the storm with snow totals topping 12 inches in Sunnyside and South Ozone Park, according to the National Weather Service. Snow reached 11 inches in Central Park, 12 inches in Throgs Neck, and 10 inches in Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay, an NWS spokesman said.

Those who are heading out should bundle up because temperatures were expected to remain in the teens throughout the day and then drop to 7 degrees by nightfall, the spokesman said.

The cold temperatures were likely to stay throughout the week and snow may return Saturday, the NWS said.

For more information about weather in your neighborhood, check DNAinfo's weather page.

Here's how Tuesday's snowstorm affected the city:

Schools

Public schools were open Wednesday morning and after-school programs and PSAL games, which had been canceled for Tuesday, will resume their normal schedules, the DOE said.

Because of the heavy snowfall in parts of the city, families were asked to use their best judgment on whether to send their child to school and to travel safely if they do.

Families of students with disabilities who have transportation concerns can call (718) 392 - 8855 for help, the DOE said.

Mass Transit

Crews worked through the night to ensure the transit system wasn't significantly disrupted, the MTA said. More than 1,000 workers shoveled and salted platforms while another 1,700 monitored signals at strategic points and de-icing equipment cleared tracks throughout the night, the MTA said.

Subways were running close to normal, the MTA said. The 4 and 7 trains were experiencing some signal problems as of 8 a.m., according to the MTA's website.

Buses were experiencing delays throughout the city due to the snow but 50 pieces of snow-clearing equipment were deployed along bus routes to help clearing efforts, the MTA said.

The LIRR was running on a weekend schedule and the MTA advised riders to allow for additional travel time. New Jersey Transit was also running on a modified weekend schedule.

Metro-North was running on its regular weekday schedule, but the MTA advised commuters to anticipate some delays.

Those traveling on Amtrak were advised that it was operating on a modified schedule throughout the northeast corridor and should check Amtrak's website for additional service updates.

Roads

Alternate side parking was suspended but meter rules remain in effect, the Department of Transportation said.

Bridges were open with 42 salting and plowing vehicles clearing roads along with another 42 tow trucks, but the MTA asked that drivers reduce their speeds because of the slippery conditions.

Those who want to check when their street will be plowed can visit the city's PlowNYC interactive map.

For more information about weather in your neighborhood, check DNAinfo's weather page.

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