It is a rare snow day for New York City's public school students.
With a heavy winter storm making many roads impassible, Schools Chancellor Cathie Black announced shortly before 5 a.m. that public schools are closed today. It is the seventh snow day for city schools since 1978.
A list of other school closings can be found below.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that non-emergency city government offices would be closed as well.
"New York City almost never takes a snow day, but today is one of those rare days," the mayor said in a statement.
This storm was the eighth-largest snowfall in city history. This has been the snowiest January on record and the sixth-snowiest winter in city history.
Central Park received 19 inches of snow overnight, in addition to the four inches that fell on Wednesday. Other totals include 18 inches in Pelham Parkway House in the Bronx; 13 inches in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn; 17.3 inches in LaGuardia Airport and 10.3 inches in John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens; and 16 inches in Eltingville, Staten Island.
All parking rules have been suspended for Thursday as a result of the storm.
As fast-falling snow clogged city streets, the MTA suspended bus service throughout the five boroughs at 12:25 a.m. The MTA's decision came on the heels of numerous reports throughout the city of buses being stuck in the hard-to-navigate snowy conditions.
Select bus service is now starting up again in Queens and Brooklyn.
All subway lines are running, but some lines are running local and some have delays.
As of 5 a.m. the Long Island Rail Road was back running after it suspended passenger train service in both directions at about 2 a.m. The LIRR has about 60 to 90 minutes' delay.
See a current timetable for train times, or use Sunday, January 30 as your travel date on our schedules page.
Metro-North railroad was running with partial service, but Amtrak announced it had suspended service between New York City and Boston. Service between NYC and Albany was also running on a reduced schedule.
Metro-North's New Haven Line service has resume on a Sunday schedule. This schedule provides hourly service and New Haven Line customers should not travel unless they have to. The Hudson and Harlem Lines are operating on a Saturday schedule.
Commuters are being asked to check http://mta.info for the latest service updates.
New Jersey Transit rails have 30 minute delays, and NJ Transit bus service remains suspended.
The snowy conditions also forced the temporary closure of John F. Kennedy and Newark airports. Newark has since reopened but no flights are going in or out.
JFK is expected to reopen at 10 a.m.
Passengers who spoke with NY1 said there's nothing they could do but wait it out and try to be patient.
"It's very inconvenient, but you know, it happens. They can't control the weather. People just need to relax and kind of wait it out," said one traveler.
"The weather's the weather, so you can't do anything about it,' said another. "We did have some police activity because someone was really upset at the Spirit counter, but other than that I think most people get it, you can't do anything about it and until you can start controlling the weather, you're gonna be stuck with it."
On Wednesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a Weather Emergency for the city, urging residents to avoid driving if possible. The Weather Emergency declaration allows the city to tow any vehicle blocking roadways or impeding the ability to plow streets at the owner's expense.
Alternate-side parking regulations have been suspended citywide until further notice to help speed up snow removal. Parking meters are also suspended throughout the city.
Garbage collection has been suspended as well.
MTA officials said they were stepping up their efforts following its highly criticized response to last month’s blizzard. During its monthly meeting Wednesday, the MTA Board delved into what went wrong and what steps can be taken to change it.
Some of the proposed measures included better communication and having a consumer advocate in the control center to address the needs of riders on stuck trains and buses.
"The management team met this morning to compare all the weather forecasts. This is a good example of a storm that's highly unpredictable right now,” said MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jay Walder. “I mean, if you've watched the forecast over the past couple of days, they've shifted all over the place. There are multiple fronts coming, but part of what we seek to do is to provide a clarity about the evening rush hour.”
Many city offices and services are closed today.
Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro has cancelled his State of the Borough address that was scheduled for tonight.
All branches of the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library are closed today.
The U.S. District Court in Manhattan is closed. As for other city courts that are open, only grand jurors are asked to report for jury duty.
Other closed locations include U.S. Citizenship and Immigration offices, the Wildlife Conservation Society's zoos and aquariums, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
School Closures/Delays For Thursday, January 27th
* All New York City public schools are closed
Cooper Union (closed)
Fashion Institute of Technology (closed)
Friends Seminary (closed)
Helene Fuld College Of Nursing (closed)
New York University (closed)
School of Visual Arts (closed)
CUNY: City University Central Administrative Offices (closed)
CUNY: Baruch College (closed)
CUNY: City College of New York (closed)
CUNY: Hunter College (closed)
CUNY: John Jay College (closed)
CUNY: The CUNY Graduate Center (closed)
CUNY: Borough of Manhattan Community College (closed)
Immaculate Heart of Mary School (closed)
St. Frances Cabrini School (closed)
St. Francis of Assisi School (closed)
St. Joseph High School (closed)
Believe Northside Charter H.S. (closed)
Believe Southside Charter H.S. (closed)
Williamsburg Charter H.S. (closed)
CUNY: Brooklyn College (closed)
CUNY: Kingsborough Community College (closed)
CUNY: York College (closed)
CUNY: Medgar Evers College (closed)
CUNY: New York City College of Technology (closed)
Notre Dame Catholic Academy (closed)
St. Adalbert School (closed)
St. Pancras School (closed)
St. Stanislaus Kostka (closed)
Corpus Christi School (closed)
St. Sebastian School (closed)
St. Francis Preparatory H.S. (closed)
St. Clare School (closed)
St. Mel's School (closed)
Immaculate Conception School (closed)
Our Lady of Fatima School (closed)
Christ the King Regional H.S. (closed)
Promise Christian Academy (closed)
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (closed)
St. Paul's School of Nursing (closed)
St. Kevin School (closed)
St. Joseph and Dominic Academy (closed)
St. Fidelis (delayed 2 hours)
Saints Joachim & Anne School (closed)
CUNY: Queens College (closed)
CUNY School of Law (closed)
CUNY: Queensborough Community College (closed)
CUNY: LaGuardia Community College (reopening at 4:30 p.m. for evening classes)
AEA Training Center (closed)
Our Lady of Mercy (closed)
CUNY: Lehman College (closed)
CUNY: Bronx Community College (closed)
CUNY: Hostos Community College (closed)
CUNY: College of Staten Island (closed)
St. John's University Staten Island campus (closed)
St. Paul's School of Nursing (closed)
Wagner College (closed)
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