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City Public Schools to Be Open Wednesday After Winter Storm Coats City

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Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced late Tuesday evening that city public schools will be open Wednesday after the city saw a significant amount of snowfall through the day and evening Tuesday.

The decision to open schools and to have all after-school programs and PSAL games resume normal schedules was announced in a press release late Tuesday evening.

A winter storm warning was expected to remain in effect for the five boroughs through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

In a briefing Tuesday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the storm intensified from its initial projections, saying that 10 to 14 inches of snow was now projected for the five boroughs, instead of the 6 to 10 inches initially projected.

He said that as of 6:45 p.m., there was 3 to 7 inches of snow on the ground across the city.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has also declared a state of emergency and activated the state Emergency Operations Center to monitor the storm.

The Sanitation Department has canceled alternate side of the street parking through Wednesday, though drivers will still have to feed the meters.

There will be no trash or recycling picked up Wednesday.

Snow plows are equipped with GPS so they can be tracked online.

Drivers are being urged to stay off the city's roads if possible.

To see when your street is going to be plowed, visit maps.nyc.gov/snow.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it expects subway service to run close to normal Wednesday.

Express subway service was suspended after the evening rush, but the MTA says it will be restored during the morning rush.

City buses will run at 80 to 90 percent of normal levels Wednesday, according to the MTA, who says that the level of service will depend on customer demand and is subject to change due to street conditions.

The MTA says that most standard buses will have chains on their tires.

The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North reduced service on a branch-by-branch basis after 8 p.m.

The LIRR will operate on a weekend schedule Wednesday, which, according to the MTA, provides approximately 60 to 65 percent of the trains available on a regular weekday.

The MTA says that Metro-North will operate 80 to 85 percent of its normal weekday service on Wednesday, and they say that some trains will be combined.

For the latest updates, visit www.mta.info.

Amtrak says it will operate a modified schedule on the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston, the Keystone Service from New York to Harrisburg, P.A., and the Empire Line between New York City and Albany on Wednesday.

Passengers flying out of area airports should call ahead for information on flight delays and cancellations.

The mayor is asking New Yorkers to call 911 only in case of a real emergency.

Snow-related issues should be reported to 311.

While city public schools may be open Wednesday, there are delayed openings and closings at other schools.

Fordham University says its Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses will open at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Chapin School on the Upper East Side and Collegiate School will be closed Wednesday.

The Brooklyn campus of St. Joseph's College will open at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Some residents on Manhattan's Upper East Side say they saw few, if any, plows or salters as the storm intensified.

Tuesday afternoon, the city's plow tracker website showed that the area had been cleared less than other neighborhoods.

Drivers were left stuck in traffic for hours.

One driver: I want to scream. Six blocks in over three hours. That's it.
Q: On Second Avenue.
Driver: On Second Avenue, from 69th to here, I got in my car at a quarter of three, I'm going crazy.
Q: Who do you blame?
Driver: Right now? The new mayor. I'm sorry. It's like, on these roadways, where it's an entrance to a crossover point, there should be cops out here.

In a press briefing, Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said that traffic made it difficult to get plows and salters in.

"Like I said, one unit was not reporting because the GPS on it was not working," Doherty said. "The other thing was, traffic was so heavy in there, we couldn't move that quickly. But we had the salt spreaders and everything out there, doing the streets as quickly as we could."

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was asked about the lack of traffic agents at Tuesday evening's press briefing, and said that it was too dangerous for them to be out on the streets.

"I'm not going to subject them to standing in the middle of the intersection and get hit by a sliding car," Bratton said. "We have sufficient resources. As they get the streets sanded, salted, and it's safe for them to be back out in the middle of those intersections, they will be out there. Meanwhile, the traffic lights will be controlling a lot of the traffic that is there."

Some people in Queens, meanwhile were making the most of the situation.

"I love it," said one person, "The ambiance is wonderful for me right now."

"You just got to deal with it. Stop complaining," said another. "When it's too hot, you're complaining. When it's too cold, you're complaining."

Snow Closings

Bronx
• Mercy College Bronx campus closing at 12 p.m. Tuesday
• Bronx Zoo closing at 1 p.m. Tuesday

Brooklyn
• St. Joseph's College closing at 2 p.m. Tuesday
• Prospect Park Zoo closing at 1 p.m. Tuesday
• New York Aquarium closing at 1 p.m. Tuesday

Manhattan
• Mercy College Manhattan campus closing at 12 p.m. Tuesday
• Central Park Zoo closing at 1 p.m. Tuesday
• NYU closing offices at 4 p.m. Tuesday

Queens
• Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School in Bayside closed Wednesday

Staten Island
• The Seton Foundation for Learning closed Wednesday
• Staten Island Children's Museum, on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center, closed Wednesday


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