Upper East Side schools will be remote-only on Tuesday, with a nasty winter storm set to pound New York City with up to eight inches of snow.
“We expect at least five to eight inches now [and] we could get more as the forecast continues to shift,” Mayor Eric Adams explained during a noon press conference on Monday. “Our public schools are closed tomorrow … There’s going to be a remote learning day.”
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for New York City beginning at 4:00 am Tuesday and extending through 6:00 pm, noting the potential for snowfall at a clip of one-to-two inches per hour and whipping winds of up to 40 miles per hour, which could create dicey travel conditions for the morning commute.
“We we expect slippery roads and limited visibility,” Mayor Adams continued. “So, we’re we’re strongly encouraging New Yorkers, if you don’t have to go out, stay home.”
New York City’s Office of Emergency Management has issued a Travel Advisory beginning late Monday, with conditions expected to start deteriorating with light rain. The Department of Sanitation says thousands of public servants begin salting streets, highways and bike lanes using 700 of the agency’s salt spreaders around the same time, with an additional 2,000 plows on standby.
“[The storm] will begin as rain around midnight and it will rain for a few hours,” said NYC Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch. “We expect the transition to snow to happen between 4:00 and 7:00 am.”
Alternate Side Parking rules are suspended Tuesday; however, meters will remain in effect.
As for kids’ hopes of a ‘snow day,’ where class is canceled and they’re free to play in the winter wonderland outside, those are just a memory.
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“Long gone are the days of just a snow day and everybody just has off,” NYC Public Schools Chancellor David Banks said Monday, emphasizing the Department of Education policy in effect since 2022 requiring students to continue learning remotely on the internet from home during severe weather.
“One of the good things that, in fact, emerged from the pandemic, was our preparedness to be ready for moments like this,” Chancellor Banks continued. “Our schools are still in session, just differently.”
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