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Snowstorm Ties up Morning Commute as Forecast Calls for up to 12 Inches

By Aidan Gardiner | February 9, 2017 7:53am | Updated on February 9, 2017 8:21am

NEW YORK CITY — The snowstorm that's expected to dump as much as a foot of snow on the city has already dropped two inches, snarling New Yorkers' morning commute, forecasters said Thursday morning.

Officials warned that the roads would be dangerous through the morning rush as snow began to fall at a rate of nearly three inches per hour.

"That's really really tough for anyone trying to get around. ... Stay inside if you can," Mayor Bill de Blasio told NY1 Spectrum News on Thursday morning at 8 a.m.

"It's only going to get worse in the next few hours," the mayor added.

In light of that forecast, city schools shuttered, all jail visits were canceled and Citi Bike shut down its system.

► Check here for the updated status of public transportation: Here's How Subways Buses and Ferries Are Running in the Snowstorm

SUBWAYS

Subways were running mostly normal with a few service changes, according to the MTA website.

Trains along the 6 line weren't running express in The Bronx, the MTA said.

BUSES

Buses, which will be equipped with tire chains, were running at 80 percent capacity, MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz told NY1 Spectrum News on Thursday morning.

Every bus line was experiencing delays Thursday morning, the MTA said.

BRIDGES AND TUNNELS

Drivers should slow down, the MTA warned.

RAILS

The MTA has canceled nine of the Long Island Rail Road's 144 morning trains as a result of Wednesday morning's derailment, officials said.

The 8:10 a.m. Babylon train from Freeport due into Penn Station at 8:50 a.m. is canceled. The 7:45 a.m. train from Babylon due into Penn Station at 8:56 a.m. will add stops at Freeport, Baldwin and Rockville Centre.

The 8:25 a.m. Babylon train from Freeport due into Penn Station at 9:08 a.m. is canceled. The 8:03 a.m. train from Babylon due into Penn Station at 9:11 a.m. will add stops at Baldwin and Rockville Centre.

The 8:03 a.m. train from Long Beach due Penn Station at 8:54 a.m. is canceled. The 8:08 a.m. train from Long Beach is due into Penn Station at 9:02 a.m., will operate.

The 8:10 a.m. train from Far Rockaway due into Penn Station at 9:05 a.m. is canceled. The 8:21 a.m. train from Far Rockaway due into Penn Station 9:17 a.m., will operate.

Commuters should check the MTA website for further information about particular branches.

FERRIES