As you may have heard by now, New York City stands to get about an inch of wintry mix tomorrow. Some might dismiss this first Winter Weather Event as a paltry amount of accumulation, but not the NYC Department of Sanitation. With the city's robust salt supply serving as a backdrop—salt hills rolling floor-to-ceiling inside their concrete palace, which someone curiously dubbed a "shed"—officals from the DSNY gathered to shake their collective fist at The Weather, flexing their muscles with a snow machinery parade.
The DSNY counts 695 salt and sand spreaders in its winter arsenal, all of which will be dispatched on Thursday to combat the anticipated one-to-three inches of precipitation. As previously reported, that might come in the form of snow, sleet, or rain—who knows! But the DSNY will not be outwitted. It does not intend to send out the plows—yet—but it does expect slushy snow to come down "fast and furious for a few hours." And it has a Plan.
Current weather projections advise us to brace for below-freezing temps overnight, from 12 a.m. to 9 a.m. Precipitation could begin before 10 a.m., or in the afternoon: Either way, it looks like winter is coming for at least one leg of your commute. At the conference, officials warned that things would be "kind of miserable in the afternoon," as temperatures warmed and snow-sleet transition to rain.
— NYCEM - Notify NYC (@NotifyNYC) November 14, 2018
Alternate side parking has officially been canceled for Thursday, although metered parking will likely remain in effect, and garbage pickup should proceed as scheduled. Again, we are talking about the possibility of, at best, three inches of non-sticking snow. As evidenced by the display of force that was Wednesday's salt-and-truck show, the DSNY did not come to play.
But what of the airports, you ask? Of New York's three area airports, two—Newark and JFK—have tweeted assurances that this is not their first weather rodeo, and they are keeping tabs on the situation. LaGuardia has remained conspicuously silent, unless this tweet refers to the impending storm? Still, we recommending checking your flight status with your chosen airline, and continually refreshing the page.
"Whaddya mean it's gonna snow tomorrow?!?"
No worry. The team at @EWRairport is closely monitoring the situation. While we do, we suggest you confirm your Thursday, Nov 15 flight details with your airline before arriving at #EWR.
Follow our page for updates. pic.twitter.com/orwlX2rE7H
— Newark Liberty Airport (@EWRairport) November 14, 2018
Unlike this cute pup, @JFKairport is ready for the snow forecast to arrive in the NY/NJ region Thursday, Nov 15. While we monitor the weather and its potential impact to #JFK flight activity, customers are advised to confirm their Thursday flight status with their airline. pic.twitter.com/huNNT5D3oP
— Kennedy Airport (@JFKairport) November 14, 2018
Because even if things remain relatively calm here, we are far from the only area affected by this nor'easter hellspatter, and clear skies over NYC have never guaranteed delay-free travel. According to the National Weather Service, the same wintry mix scheduled to hit us tomorrow will also plague a long corridor stretching from Missouri up to Maine. Planning to take a little trip up I-95? Forget it!
Here are the key messages associated with the upcoming winter storm. Fairly widespread travel impacts are expected. In the Northeast: though most of the significant accumulations should be in interior areas, some of the Thursday commutes in the I-95 corridor could be affected. pic.twitter.com/GWEqi6G3ni
— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) November 14, 2018
Locally, however, the city seems amply prepared to manage sloppy conditions. Just look at all that salt! Magnificent.