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MTA New York City (NYC) - The blizzard of 2010 has been so powerful it's got thundersnow and sent flurries into the subway system. Now the real question: WTF happens tomorrow when many of us head to work. Mayor Bloomberg said, "If you have to go out today, please leave the cars at home—take mass transit and be careful." He also said that if you have to drive, please wait a few hours so streets can be plowed, "I know it’s inconvenient, sometimes it can be expensive. But nothing is worth losing your life over this."

Bloomberg said at a press conference at a Department of Sanitation facility where plows and other snow removing equipment are stored, "The latest weather reports are qualifying this storm as a blizzard, and unfortunately our city is directly in the path. The meteorologists at the National Weather Service are telling us that we may see up to 16 inches of snow, as well as gale force winds that could reach up to 55 mph." Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said, "Tonight, there's going to be whiteouts. Anybody who's driving, visibility is going to be very, very limited, with the wind and the snow coming down. We really request people to leave their cars at home, stay where you are, don't be driving tonight. It's going to be very dangerous, and we need to stay out there to try to get the streets cleaned up." There are 4,800 sanitation workers working on snow removal, street salting, etc.

MTA New York City (NYC)

Thousands of flights to and from East Coast airports have been cancelled—JFK Airport is currently closed. NJ's acting governor, State Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney (Governor Christie and Lt. Governor Guadagno are out of state), called a state of emergency. Earlier this evening, the MTA sent out its plan to make tomorrow's commute as painless was possible (included below), but since then, LIRR service has been suspended on every line except Port Washington and many subway lines have delays or even suspensions. Check—or NJ Transit (buses are suspended!) or PATH before you go anywhere!

The Wall Street Journal reports, "When it’s all over, the two-day snowfall record of 26.9 inches (set in February 2006) could be broken." And a fun fact from AccuWeather, "Meteorologists refer to this type of a storm as a 'bomb,' due to crashing atmospheric pressure and resultant increasing winds. A dynamic storm of this caliber can bring thunder and lightning with the snow in coastal areas!"

MTA New York City (NYC)


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