The snow storm is now underway in New York City, where the Weather Channel is predicting 10 inches or more, as well as wind gusts up to 50 MPH. The heaviest snow totals by Saturday afternoon are expected in New England from coastal Maine to Connecticut, as well as parts of Upstate New York, where one to two feet of snow is expected, and some locations, particularly in coastal New England, may approach, or even exceed three feet storm total snow.
The current updates for NYC, according to the Weather Channel, are as follows:
-Blizzard warnings posted through early Saturday afternoon.
-Amtrak's Northbound service out of Penn Station is now suspended.
-Mayor Bloomberg urges residents to call 311 for any weather-related problems. Use 911 only for life-threatening emergencies.
-MTA has advised of potential service disruptions, and information about any service changes to public transportation is available here.
-Snow plow progress can be tracked here.
All Broadway and Off-Broadway shows are currently scheduled to go on as normal, with the exception of Talley's Folly on Friday night, which has been canceled. Contact Audience Services at email@example.com or (212) 719-1300 to reschedule.
Via Telecharge, the following Broadway shows are offering advance exchanges - before the performance - for customers who are unable to attend the Friday, February 8 evening performance, due to the winter storm: Chicago, Cinderella, Mamma Mia!, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once, The Phantom of the Opera, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Other Place, Rock of Ages, The Heiress, Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon, Manilow on Broadway.
The following Broadway shows are offering advance exchanges - before the performance - for customers who are unable to attend the Saturday, February 9 matinee performance, due to the winter storm: Chicago, Cinderella, Mamma Mia!, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once, The Phantom of the Opera, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Other Place, Rock of Ages, Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon, Manilow on Broadway.
Mayor Bloomberg has advised that the city will remain under alert through 1pm on Saturday.
Here's the latest from the MTA:
The MTA regional transportation network has assumed an aggressive storm-fighting posture in response to the severe weather forecast of frigid temperatures, high winds and snow accumulation of a foot or more. Customers should be advised that this weather event could require suspension of some portions of the region's subway, bus and commuter train operations.
"We are taking this forecast extremely seriously and began preparations throughout the MTA service area well in advance of the storm's arrival," said Thomas F. Prendergast, the MTA's Interim Executive Director. "If weather conditions require, there is the possibility that we will suspend some subway, bus or commuter rail services to ensure the safety of our customers."
Long Island Rail Road is urging customers in New York City to plan to leave for eastbound trips in the early afternoon, before the brunt of the forecast snowstorm begins to hit the region. For the safety of customers, the LIRR will suspend service if snow accumulations reach between 10-13 inches. The predicted severity of the winter storm will require Metro-North to further change its scheduled service. These changes are in anticipation of providing the best service to ensure your safety. Between 8 PM and 1 AM (Sat., 2/9), Metro-North expects to operate limited service as follows: On the New Haven Line and Harlem Line, there will be half-hourly service out of Grand Central and hourly service toward Grand Central. On the Hudson Line, there will be hourly service in both directions. As the evening progresses, train service may be suspended, depending upon weather conditions, to prevent trains from becoming stranded during the storm.