NEW YORK CITY — As tempting as it may be, New Yorkers shouldn't spend their snow day in the park, city officials said.
Department of Parks and Recreation officials warned that people should avoid the parks while the Thursday snowstorm pummels the city through the morning.
New Yorkers are urged to stay out of City parks until the storm pushes away from the area, which we anticipate will be in early afternoon. https://t.co/pxcfHLZFI6— NYC Parks (@NYCParks) February 9, 2017
Parks officials were concerned about high winds and heavy snowfall.
The storm is expected to dump as much as a foot of snow on the city before tapering off by the afternoon, officials said.
Winds could also gust up to 35 mph and peak at "near blizzard" conditions along the coast, officials said.
Once the snow dies off, officials will determine whether regular Parks programs will resume, they said.