Update: Tuesday 8:00 AM:
All MTA Bridge and Tunnel facilities have re-opened. Due to slick roadway conditions, motorists are asked to drive at reduced speeds. In addition, all Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels have re-opened. PATH train service and the Port Authority Bus service will resume at 9:30 AM.
Update: Tuesday 7:30 am
Mayor de Blasio announced today that New York City will end the travel ban for all city roads as of 7:30 AM this morning.
All residents are allowed to travel on NYC roadways. In addition, Staten Island Ferry service has resumed as of 7:30 AM. Exercise caution when driving and allow for additional travel time.
Heavy snow, wind and cold temperatures blanketed the tristate region on Tuesday as the Blizzard of 2015 made its way through the area.
While a predicted storm of epic proportions didn’t manifest itself in New York City, points east, particularly eastern Long Island, were slammed.
New York City was spared the worst of the storm and had a little more than 6 inches on the ground at Central Park, with perhaps an inch or two still to fall, forecasters said.
Snow was expected to continue to fall throughout the day, dumping as much as 4 inches per hour in most of the area. By the time the storm makes its way out, approximately 12 inches of snow will have fallen in New York City.
New York City closed schools for Tuesday. All New York City parks and recreation centers closed at 6 p.m. Monday. The area’s mass-transit system shut down Monday night.
Bais Rivka school in Crown Heights has cancelled school for all grades for Tuesday. High School is closed for winter break.
Information about Wednesday will be available Tuesday evening.
Oholei Torah regular dismissal Monday through 7th grade, 8th grade dismissed 5:15.
Tuesday: Preschool-grade 1 are closed. Grades 2-8 begin 9:00 with davening. No transportation.
Grades 2-6 dismissal at 2:00 with transportation up and down the avenues. Grades 7-8 dismissal at 4:00.
Lubavitch Yeshiva school cancelled Tuesday from Preschool – Grade 3.
All other grades have classes, possible early dismissal pending weather conditions.
B’nos Menachem is currently closed for winter break through Tuesday.
Bais Chaya Mushka closed for all grades Tuesday.
Alternate side parking cancelled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Garbage and recycling pickups will be suspended throughout the snow clearing operations – likely into Wednesday if not beyond.
Mayor de Blasio took the unusual step of ordering all drivers off the streets by 11 p.m. on Monday, a ban that he said covered “anything that has to do with leisure or convenience,” including, to the chagrin of many housebound New Yorkers, food-delivery.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a travel ban for all but emergency vehicles on every road in 13 counties in southern New York state, including New York City, suburban Westchester and Long Island, with the threat of a $300 fine for violators.
A “potentially historic” snow storm is headed for the tri-state area, threatening to dump up to 2 feet of snow in some areas and creating the need to remind residents of ways to stay safe during wicked winter weather.
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency for New York City, Westchester, Long Island and other counties in anticipation of the incoming blizzard.
Subway service in New York City will be severely reduced beginning at 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road will be shut down beginning at 11 p.m.
PATH service will continue on a regular scheduled until 9 p.m. and then go on a weekend schedule.
A travel ban is being considered on all main roads beginning at 11 p.m. A decision will be made after a weather briefing at 4 p.m.
The city’s public schools will be closed on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.
Rabbi Avraham Lieder of Ahavas Chesed is seeking volunteers who can drive patients to hospitals and emergency doctor visits. If you can volunteer to drive, please call (718) 221-2424.
Hatzalah of Boro Park advises:
In anticipation of the upcoming blizzard we have collaborated and prepared the necessary resources to help those in need. Please take note of the following important information:
1- We urge you to not take your car out once the storm hits– you will not be able to park it properly. By the last big storm the plows couldn’t get through and ambulances could not get around because of stuck vehicles, and unfortunately resulted in deaths. We are begging everyone in the strongest possible terms to please think of others before leaving your car blocking the street even slightly. In storms like these it is a matter of life and death.
2- Hatzolah is prepared with extra members equipment and ambulances to handle all emergency calls.
3- For all non emergency but necessary medical needs like Dialysis and Doctors appointments, hospital discharges, stranded motorists etc. please call Chaverim at
(718) 431-8181. Or Shomrim at 718-871-6666.
If you have an SUV and are able to help please call 718-809-5424.
4- Should the power go out and a generator is needed to power life support equipment please call Misaskim at 718-854-4548 ext 4.
5- Please be careful to rest every few minutes when shoveling the snow.
Over-exertion has caused many heart attacks.
6- When sitting in your car please make sure that the snow doesn’t block the exhaust pipe. It can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
7- Please check up on your elderly neighbors to make sure they have enough heat and food. Their caretakers, food and medicine may not arrive due to the weather.
8- After the storm and once the streets open, please be considerate not to double park and cause a traffic jam. It is truly pikuach nefesh.
Hatzolah of Crown Heights: 718-387-1750
Follow these storm tips from Con Edison should you encounter these conditions:
If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them or touch them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden by snow, tree limbs, leaves or water.
Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.
Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are in working order. Make sure you have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and news on restorations of electrical service can be heard on most local radio and television stations.
New Yorkers are strongly encouraged to visit www.nyalert.gov and sign up to receive free alerts about hazardous travel conditions before the storm arrives.
The New York governor’s office published on its website these ways to be safe in the storm:
When venturing outdoors, wear loose, lightweight, warm clothing in several layers. Trapped air between the layers acts as an insulator. Layers can be removed to avoid perspiration and subsequent chill.
Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent and hooded.
Always wear a hat or cap on your head – half of the body’s heat can be lost because of an uncovered head.
Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves because fingers maintain more warmth when they touch each other.
Cold temperatures put an extra strain on your heart. Heavy exertion, such as shoveling snow, clearing debris or pushing a car, can increase the risk of a heart attack. Stay warm, dress warm and SLOW DOWN when working outdoors. Take frequent rests to avoid over exertion. If you feel chest pain — STOP and seek help immediately.
Get real-time travel reports — including color-coded maps that reveal which state roads are covered in snow or ice — from NYSDOT by calling 511 or visiting www.511ny.org
Find real-time traffic and road condition for Thruway travelers at www.Thruway.ny.gov.
Before the storm, make sure your car has emergency supplies, including sand, shovel, flares, booster cables, rope, ice scraper, portable radio, flashlight, blankets and extra warm clothes.
Never follow a snowplow too closely or attempt to pass one. Remember that the highway ahead of the plow is usually snow-covered;
Adjust speed for road conditions and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles;
Schedule extra time for winter travel and be patient during ice and snow removal operations;
Assume that bridge surfaces are slippery, as they freeze more quickly than road surfaces;
Be wary of black ice, which can be difficult to see but makes conditions slippery when pavement temperatures are below freezing;
Have a cell phone handy, if possible, but do not text while driving; distracted driving is illegal and becomes even more dangerous during storm events;
Never venture from your vehicle if snowbound;
Inform a responsible person of your destination, intended route, and estimated time of arrival; and
Keep calm and do not panic in case of a vehicle breakdown, accident, or if you become snowbound.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
If you run the car to keep it warm, make sure snow is cleared from around the exhaust pipe to make sure odorless but deadly carbon monoxide doesn’t back into the car.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent, deadly killer claiming about 1,000 lives each year in the United States. Such common items as automotive exhaust, home heating systems and obstructed chimneys can produce the colorless, odorless gas. The gas can also be produced by poorly vented generators, kerosene heaters, gas grills and other items used for cooking and heating when used improperly during the winter months.
NEVER run generators indoors. Open a window slightly when using a kerosene heater.
NEVER use charcoal to cook indoors.
NEVER use a gas oven to heat your home.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include sleepiness, headaches and dizziness. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, ventilate the area and get to a hospital.