By Maria Rocha-Buschel
The city was experiencing blizzard-like conditions on Thursday morning, with four to eight inches having fallen on some parts of the city by early afternoon. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until Friday at 1 a.m. and the mayor’s office reported that eight to 12 inches of snow are anticipated before the storm ends, with higher amounts locally. Gusty winds are expected to increase, with sustained wind from 30 to 45 miles per hour and gusts up to 50 miles per hour.
Meteorologists were calling the storm a “bomb cyclone” because of the extreme drop in pressure in a short amount of time, causing the storm to strengthen quickly. A storm is classified as a “bomb cyclone” if pressure drops 24 millibars in 24 hours and this storm dropped 53 millibars in 21 hours and 59 millibars by 24, making it one of the most intense storms the East Coast has ever experienced.
StuyTown Property Services sent out a notice to residents this afternoon that Governor Cuomo has declared a snow emergency and management sent home all non-essential team members. Porters will be working on snow removal for the rest of the day and deicing will begin once the winds die down since the chemicals won’t stick to the surface in the gusts. Management said that the resident services call center will be open until midnight but requests that residents only call in emergency work orders, as these are the only work orders that are able to be addressed during the storm.
The city is advising motorists to stay off the roads and use mass transit whenever possible. Schools are closed today but are expected to be open on Friday. Following the storm, the city is warning New Yorkers that temperatures are supposed to drop to 10 degrees with wind chill values as low as minus 10 on Thursday night. Temperatures are expected to go into the teens on during the day on Friday but dip back down to 5 on Friday night, with wind chill values around minus 10. Temperatures on Saturday are expected to hover around 10 with lows close to zero. Above-freezing temperatures are expected to return by Monday.
The city is warning New Yorkers to be aware that the cold weather can cause or worsen health problems and those who are 65 or older, infants, those with certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart or lung disease, and those with serious mental health conditions are at increased risk.
Ferry service is suspended until further notice, but subways were operating normally on Thursday afternoon with only minor delays and Citi Bike service was reportedly operating normally.