Updated 11/08/2012 09:34 AM
Nor'easter Brings Snow, Surges To Storm-Shocked City
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A nor'easter brought heavy wind gusts and a snow Wednesday to a city trying to recover from last week's superstorm, and coastal communities in the five boroughs were forced to endure another round of storm surges.
The storm created slippery conditions, as an accumulation of between 1 and 2 inches of snow created a slushy mix on sidewalks.
The snow was expected to stop around midnight, as the storm was expected to die down and move northeast of the area. However, winds were still expected gust to around 25 to 35 miles per hour during overnight hours, and temperatures were expected to dip down to 30 degrees, with a wind chill making it feel like 20 degrees.
Wednesday afternoon's high tides first pounded the Rockaways around 1:30 p.m. and then reached the north shores of New York City by 4:30 p.m.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the biggest concern was for low-lying areas in Zone A, where trees were weakened by Sandy and sand that would have acted as a barrier was washed away.
Police in those areas made announcements to ensure elderly or homebound residents and those with infants have a safe place to go, but evacuations were not mandatory.
City shelters are open. To find one near you, call 311 or visit nyc.gov.
The New York City and New York State Health Commissioners ordered evacuations for Park Nursing Home, Ocean Promenade Nursing Center, Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation and Surfside Manor Home for Adults in advance of Wednesday's nor'easter.
In the Rockaways, members of the Southern Baptist Convention and Red Cross volunteers were forced to stop preparing hot meals for Sandy victims due to the nor'easter.
Members of the Southern Baptist Convention say there were major concerns they could be injured if they continued to cook or their equipment was ruined, while the Red Cross, who delivered the meals, said they could not put their trucks on the roads due to the snow.
All parks and playgrounds were closed at noon and police are patrolling coastal areas prone to further flooding and recommend residents evacuate.
Drivers were urged to stay off the road after 5 p.m.
Alternate-side parking rules remain suspended through Saturday and will not be in effect through Monday, Nov. 12 for Veterans Day.
Parking meters are in effect.
The mayor ordered all exterior construction work suspended starting at noon Wednesday.
Property owners and contractors were urged to secure loose objects and tie down materials that could blow away.
LIRR Suspended, Flights Canceled During Nor'easter
The storm caused some major headaches for travelers.
Service was temporarily suspended system-wide on the Long Island Rail Road Wednesday night due to multiple weather-related problems.
Trains already carrying passengers were delayed more than an hour, and Penn Station itself was closed temporarily as well, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded inside the station.
The MTA says residual delays will continue, and they could be significant. Commuters are advised to check mta.info before they head out.
Airlines serving Newark, John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia have canceled some or all of their flights through early Thursday.
Passengers are urged to check with their carrier before heading to the airport.
FEMA temporarily suspended the city's information relief centers due to the nor'easter.
A spokesperson says workers will be doing hour by hour evaluations to see when they can open up again.
To register with FEMA call 800-621-3362 or visit their website at disasterassistance.gov.
Consolidated Edison added 300 mutual aid workers Wednesday to power restoration efforts in advance of the nor'easter.
Due to the threatening weather, the Wildlife Conservatory Society closed the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo from noon Wednesday through Thursday.