In case you work in a window-less building, please be aware that it's been snowing on-and-off for most of this very cold afternoon thanks to a severe winter storm that will be sticking around through tomorrow. The snow is expected to turn into rain later tonight, but the city and state are preparing for all possibilities—Gov. Andrew Cuomo will activate the State Emergency Operations Center at 6 p.m, and the MTA has activated its Transformers-esque winter weather arsenal, which includes "super-powered snow throwers, jet-powered snow-blowers, and de-icing cars ready for immediate deployment."

You can see what some of that hulking machinery looks like here. The city is expected to get around 3 inches of snow and ice today (upstate NY could get around 15 inches!); already, more than 1,500 flights have been grounded, and at least six people were killed in the Midwest and South because of this storm. Cuomo sent a sternly-worded letter to utility companies asking them to detail their response preparations and areas most vulnerable to power losses—Cuomo has been less-than-pleased with many of them since the Hurricane Sandy.

Check out more updates on the MTA's preparations for the storm here—there have already been changes to the 1/2/3 (i.e., 3 train service will terminate at 137th Street and Broadway to allow for the erection of a portal wall to prevent water from entering the system at 148th Street).