The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for all five boroughs, saying that a winter storm is becoming increasingly likely to strike the area on Tuesday.
The storm watch remains in effect from Tuesday afternoon through late Tuesday night, with as much as eight inches of snow expected to blanket the city and its surroundings, including parts of Connecticut, Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey.
The agency says that snow will be accompanied by wind gusts as strong as 30 miles per hour, and temperatures will drop to the single digits at night. Snowfall is expected to begin in the early morning and continue all day and night.
To prepare for the possible snow, the city has issued a snow alert, sending the signal to the Department of Sanitation to begin preparation, including loading 365 salt spreaders, attaching plows, preparing tire chains and notifying personnel that they may have a tough day ahead of them.
Drivers and pedestrians beware: it’ll be hazardous conditions with low visibility to try and get around in, and the high winds could contribute to frost bite.
Dress warm, and drive safely. If taking mass transit, pay attention to service alerts and give yourself extra time to travel.
Be sure to keep the following links handy tomorrow to get all the most important information as the storm comes through:
- Sheepshead Bites’ website, Facebook and Twitter feeds, to keep informed of conditions on the ground in our neighborhood
- MTA.info (and on Twitter) to keep track of any bus and subway service adjustments due to the weather.
- New York City’s Office of Emergency Management (and on Twitter) in case things get really crazy.
- The Department of Transportation website to check in on traffic advisories, alternate side parking suspensions, or, if you’re just bored and want to watch the snow, the real time traffic cameras.
- The Department of Sanitation’s plow tracker, so you can flood my inbox with allegations that the DOS is lying.
- This video. Just something to watch during the snow to remind you why you hate New York City.