Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office has released a severe-weather warning for New York City.
According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm will arrive in New York starting the evening of Sunday, February 1, and stick around through 6 p.m. Monday, February 2. The agency expects New Yorkers to see two to seven inches of snow along with about a quarter-inch of ice on Monday. The dangerous combination of snow and freezing rain may lead to extra-slippery roads.
The storm on Monday “will result in an expansive area of hefty snowfall accumulations stretching across the Lower Great Lakes…through New York…and into the Northeast,” reads an update from the NWS.
“A mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain will create slick and hazardous travel conditions throughout the day Monday,” the mayor’s office said in a press release. “With temperatures falling below freezing Monday evening, any standing water can re-freeze and create dangerous icing conditions for the Monday evening commute.”
The alert comes only six days after National Weather Service warnings about an impending blizzard caused Governor Andrew Cuomo to shut down subway service, while both Cuomo and de Blasio imposed a travel ban on area residents after 11 p.m. last Monday. That blizzard, which was expected to dump two to three feet of snow onto the city, merely delivered around ten inches of the white stuff within most of the five boroughs.
“You can’t be a Monday-morning quarterback with something like the weather,” said de Blasio at a press conference last Tuesday, in response to criticism that he’d overreacted. “Would you rather be ahead of the action or behind? To me it was a no-brainer: We had to take precautions to keep people safe.”
• The Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert that began at 5 p.m. February 1 and is “pre-deploying more than 500 salt spreaders,” the release says. About 1,600 plows will be dispatched if more than two inches of snow hits the ground. “Sanitation workers have been assigned to two twelve-hour shifts for over a week, with 2,400 workers per shift.”
• The Department of Transportation is already pre-treating pedestrian walkways with salt, and it will “deploy anti-icing units to its East River bridges,” according to the mayor’s press release.
The Voice has asked the mayor’s office if the storm will impede on the city’s annual Groundhog Day festivities. De Blasio is expected to visit the Staten Island Zoo at 7 a.m. on February 2 — where with any luck he won’t kill any groundhogs — while the city learns just how much more winter we should expect. If the office replies, we will update the post accordingly.