NEW YORK CITY MAYOR DE BLASIO ISSUES WINTER STORM UPDATE
Mayor de Blasio
The National Weather Service’s Winter Storm Warning remains in effect across all five boroughs and much of the region through 1 PM Friday.
With heavy snow, gusts of up to 35 MPH and wind chills from 5 to 15 below zero, Mayor Bill de Blasio urges New Yorkers to exercise caution in going outdoors, refrain from any unnecessary travel and, if going to work today, to utilize public transit and allow additional time for their morning commute.
“This has been and remains a dangerous storm. It is going to be bitter cold today, and New Yorkers need to be extremely careful going outdoors. The best things people can do are to stay off the roads so we can clear them as fast as possible, and to check in on elderly and vulnerable neighbors who might need help this morning,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Mayor de Blasio announced the following updates and encouraged New Yorkers to sign up for NotifyNYC alerts at NYC.gov/NotifyNYC for the latest news on services affected by the storm. Information is also available by calling 311.
Schools: All New York City public schools are closed today.
Student after-school programs and PSAL games are cancelled.
CUNY: All classes at the City University of New York are cancelled.
Snow Removal: Nearly 2,500 DSNY, DOT, DEP and Parks plows are on the streets as of early this morning. The top accumulations so far are 6.5 inches. High winds will continue to blow plowed snow back into the streets, requiring additional passes.
The PlowNYC feature is activated at NYC.gov, posting real-time updates of snow clearance.
The Sanitation Department will be calling in pre-registered snow laborers to clear crosswalks, bus stop shelters and other locales.
Residents and business owners are urged not to shovel snow into the street when shoveling sidewalks and cars, which will delay snow clearance.
Garbage Collection: There will be no trash and recycling pickups until snow clearing efforts are complete.
Parking: Alternate Side Parking Regulations are suspended citywide Friday, January 03, 2014, to facilitate snow removal after consultation with DSNY.
Parking meters remain in effect throughout the city.
Staten Island Ferry: The Staten Island Ferry will be operating on a modified rush hour schedule this morning with boats departing every 20 minutes. Passengers should allow more time for their morning commutes.
East River Ferry service is running.
Rockaway Ferry service is suspended.
Emergency Services: All city hospitals and emergency rooms remain open.
911 call volumes remain average. Additional ambulances are being added to supplement service while difficult travel conditions persist.
Homeless Outreach: The Department of Homeless Services continues to use its Cold Weather Emergency Procedure, Code Blue, to protect unsheltered individuals. Community members that identify someone on the street they believe needs assistance should call 311 and ask for the Mobile Outreach Response Team; in any emergency community members should call 911. The Department of Homeless Services will send an outreach team to the location to assess the individual's condition and take appropriate action.
During a Code Blue, homeless adults can access any shelter location for single individuals. Beds are available system-wide to accommodate anyone brought in by outreach teams or walk-ins.
Senior Services: Senior Centers remain closed today.
Home delivered meals clients received double meals on Thursday, and have shelf-stable meals that will last through Monday.