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Transit Changes Planned as Storm Bears Down on City

By Mathew Katz | February 12, 2014 12:48pm | Updated on February 12, 2014 5:50pm
 A Midtown pedestrian hops over a slushy puddle on Feb. 5, 2013.
A Midtown pedestrian hops over a slushy puddle on Feb. 5, 2013.
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NEW YORK CITY — Get ready for another slushmageddon.

A winter storm set to hit New York overnight will dump between 6 to 10 inches of snow and likely mix with sleet and rain during the day, according to the National Weather Service.

The predicted storm will bring a similar mix of rain and snow that caused a slushy mess and transit headaches last week, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Conte.

"We are looking at significant impacts in the commute," said Conte said. "This is going to be a nasty storm once again."

The storm, which will hit the city around midnight, will likely pound the Big Apple until early in the morning on Friday, turning from snow to rain, then back to snow again, according to the NWS.

Temperatures will hover around 30 degrees for much of the storm, with a high of 35 degrees during the day, according to the NWS. Winds from the northeast will gust up to 35 miles per hour, the forecast said.

The city's Department of Sanitation issued a "snow alert" beginning at 1 a.m. on Thursday, in the hopes of being ready for yet another wallop of the white stuff.

Metro-North will operated on a reduced schedule, a spokeswoman said, expecting 25 percent few riders because of the weather.

New Jersey Transit said it would operate on a regular schedule, though customers should expect some delays, and is honoring tickets and passes across the system. 

Amtrak announced that it would operate on a modified schedule on Thursday, reducing its number of trains from New York to Albany and Harrisburg, Pa. and cancelling several others.

The Office of Emergency Management issued a hazardous travel advisory, cautioning drivers to stay off the road unless absolutely necessary. Pedestrians are warned to be extra vigilant for cars sliding on the icy roads.

The city's already seen 41.5 inches of snow this winter, according to the Weather Service's instruments in Central Park. Normal snowfall for the city is around 25 inches each winter, Conte said.

"This is the winter that keeps on giving," he said.