It’s January. It’s snowing. It’s New York City. That must mean one thing: Time to panic. Grab that milk; get that bread. There’s a good chance some stores in this city of 16,000 bodegas may run low on the essentials before deliveries can resume in a day or two. So, please, by all means, pretend we don’t go through this a few times a year every winter.
The MTA’s advice is simple: Go home and stay home. Here’s their statement:
The MTA urges customers to leave work early today and finish traveling early tonight, especially those who use Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road. The storm has arrived earlier than predicted, bringing higher snow accumulation and stronger wind gusts, raising the prospect of snow drifts of up to two feet. Service on railroads, subways and buses can be curtailed or suspended entirely or on a route-by-route basis depending on snowfall accumulation. If you do not need to travel tonight, we urge you not to.
The agency has become canceling a variety of trains on LIRR and Metro-North. For details on points north of the city, click here. For details on service to the east on the island, keep an eye on this page.
As far as subway service goes, the peak rush hour service will run as normally scheduled, and then the MTA will start emptying out the yards to park trains underground. Expect service on the B train to end early; expect express trains to run local after around 8 p.m.; and expect for a mix of cold, snow and ice all night long. Buses will run at around 80-90 percent of schedule. (There is something to be said about the MTA curtailing service at the same time the city is urging drivers to stay off the road, but we’ll cover that in due time.)
If things change for the worse, I’ll update this post.