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Winter Storm Dumps Significant Snow On Some NYC Areas

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New Yorkers woke up to blanket of fresh snow Saturday morning, though the city didn't get hit as hard as some parts of the northeast.

Snowfall totals across the city generally ranged between 6 and 12 inches but went as high as 15 inches in some areas.

As of approximately 7 a.m. Saturday, 11.4 inches of snow was measured at Central Park and 12.1 inches of snow was measured at LaGuardia Airport.

The Fieldston section of the Bronx was reporting 15 inches of snow as of 5:15 a.m. Saturday. The Middle Village section of Queens also reported 15 inches of snow, as of 8:10 a.m. Saturday.

The Sunnyside section of Staten Island was reporting 12.4 inches as of 8:15 a.m. Saturday.

Sheepshead Bay reported 9 inches of snow as of 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

JFK International Airport was reporting 6.4 inches of snow as of 7 a.m. Saturday.

The Department of Sanitation sent out hundreds of salt spreaders and snow plows to remove snow from streets and highways.

The Department of Transportation sent de-icing vehicles to work on bridges and other main arteries.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that all primary streets, most secondary streets and 60 percent of tertiary streets have been plowed as of 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

Bloomberg reminded drivers to stay off the roads so plows could do their jobs.

"The message is, please, don't drive. Stay off the roads," Bloomberg said. "Our plows can go down the streets much quicker, and they can do a much better job, if they have a straight shot."

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency to make it easier for the city to respond to problems caused by the storm.

On Saturday, Cuomo said that Bloomberg will send city resources to Suffolk County on Long Island, where snow totals reached as high as 30 inches.

Garbage pickup is suspended Saturday so sanitation workers can concentrate on snow removal.

Alternate side parking rules are suspended Saturday and Sunday, as well as parking meters and muni-meters.

To get the the latest on the city's storm response, go to nyc.gov.

Transit Update


According to the MTA, limited Metro-North service along the New Haven line has been restored as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with service from Grand Central to Stamford.

The MTA said that the first train to leave Stamford for Grand Central departed at 1:37 p.m.

The MTA said that hourly Metro-North service resumed on the full Hudson Line and on the Harlem Line between Grand Central and Southeast at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The MTA says that service along the Hudson Line is currently on or close to schedule as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Limited service along the Harlem Line between Southeast and Wassaic has also been restored as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the MTA. The first train departed from Wassaic for Southeast at 1:21 p.m.

Metro-North trains on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines were halted at 10 p.m. Friday.

The Long Island Rail Road started running service every two hours to and from Huntington (Port Jefferson branch), Farmingdale (Ronkonkoma branch), Babylon and Port Washington at 7 a.m. Saturday after numerous delays and suspensions along those lines overnight.

Service remains suspended east of those areas (on branches that extend east of those areas) and on all other branches as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

There is also no service from Atlantic Terminal to Jamaica or to the Forest Hills or Kew Gardens stations as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

All subway lines are running on or close to schedule, and the MTA has canceled all weekend subway work.

The MTA did warn of additional potential weather-related delays due to the conditions.

"The switches are prone to freezing and ice, and this is particularly the case on the railroads, as well as the subway," said Aaron Donovan of the MTA. "So we need to make sure that those switches, which are absolutely critical to our operation, remain free and operational in order to keep service at normal levels. That's just one pitfall. Signal system, of course, needs to be up and running."

For more transit information, go to mta.info.

Amtrak's Acela Express from New York to Boston has been canceled, but the Acela Express to Washington will run as scheduled.

The Port Authority said that limited passenger flight activity resumed at LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday.

Commercial flights at Newark Liberty Airport began taking off at approximately 11 a.m. Saturday.

Flights are landing at all three airports.

Travelers are urged to call their carriers before heading out.

For more information, go to panynj.com.

The weather pushed back the opening times for all city libraries Saturday.

Most branches of the Brooklyn, Queens, and New York Public Libraries opened at noon and closed at 5 p.m., but hours could have varied slightly at some locations.

For more information, go online to nypl.org, queenslibrary.org or brooklynpubliclibrary.org.


Web Extra: Mayor's Full Post-Storm Saturday Press Conference


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Web Extra: Governor, State Officials Give Post-Storm Update


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Web Extra: MTA Official Gives Afternoon Update On Winter Storm Cleanup


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Storm-Related Closures

Schools, Colleges, Universities
• All weekend classes at St. Joseph's College are canceled for Saturday, February 9.
• Helene Fuld College of Nursing will close at 2 p.m. Friday
• Pace University (all campuses) are closed until 12 p.m. Saturday
• All CUNY classes canceled Friday night
• Queensborough Community College, Hostos Community College, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn College, City College, The College of Staten Island, CUNY Graduate School and University Center, New York City College of Technology and John Jay College of Criminal Justice are all closed Saturday.
• All NYC Dept. of Education classes and activities canceled Saturday


Other
• The Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo will close at 1 p.m. Friday
• State and city civil service exams scheduled for Saturday are canceled


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