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New York City residents are busy preparing for an incoming blizzard, with a reported 10-15 inches coming to the city, and 24-30 inches to other parts of the North East. The storm is set to hit New York, New England, and parts of New Jersey today and continuing through Saturday, February 9. News reports have warned that winds could potentially reach 45 miles per hour, with tempertures likely in the 20's.
As of noon, all Broadway and Off-Broadway shows are currently scheduled to go on as normal, but be sure to check back for updates! As of now, many schools have announced early dismissal today and we'll be posting updates on BWW for both travel and cancellations. For information about returns and exchanges, please contact your point of purchase.
It's also just been announced that the Mayor will be releasing an update at 1pm regarding travel, and the city's emergency responses.
Amtrack has just cancelled service and is reducing routes between New York and other Northeast cities. Click here for more information.
The MTA has announced that weekend planned work on the subway has been canceled, but forecasts for accumulating snow may also require NYC Transit to shift the storage locations to subway cars indoors along underground express tracks. That means some express service will operate on the local tracks, while some lines will end earlier than normal this evening. Bus service is currently operating on a regular weekday schedule. As the Storm Progresses, service will be monitored on a route by route basis, and may be curtailed as conditions warrant.
All nine crossings are open and operating normally at this time. Motorists are asked to allow extra travel time and operate at reduced speeds due to wet roadways. Scheduled lane closures and weekend work at the Queens Midtown Tunnel has been canceled due to the weather. As the storm intensifies, high winds and white out conditions may result in intermittent bridge and ramp closures.
According to the National Weather Service, the strongest winds and heaviest snow will occur Friday evening into Saturday morning and white out conditions are expected to hit much of the area tonight, making travel extremely dangerous.
Shows scheduled to play this evening include ANNIE, THE BOOK OF MORMON, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, CHICAGO, CINDERELLA, THE HEIRESS, JERSEY BOYS, THE LION KING, MAMMA MIA!, MANILOW ON BROADWAY, MARY POPPINS, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, NEWSIES, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, ONCE, THE OTHER PLACE, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, PICNIC, ROCK OF AGES, SPIDER-MAN, WHO'S AFRAID OF Virginia Woolf? and WICKED.
The National Weather Service's Warning (through Saturday, 1:00 PM) is as follows:
* locations... New York City... southern Westchester County... and coastal portions of northeast New Jersey.
* Hazard types... heavy snow and strong winds.
* Accumulations... snow accumulation of 10 to 14 inches... with localized higher amounts within developing snow bands.
* Winds... north 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.
* Temperatures... falling into the 20s by this evening.
* Visibilities... one quarter mile or less at times.
* Timing... the strongest winds and heaviest snow will occur this eveninginto Saturday morning.
* Impacts... heavy snow and winds will make for dangerous driving conditions with visibilities near zero in white-out conditions. In addition... some tree limbs will be downed...
causing scattered power outages.
A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.