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Updated: New York Declares Emergency Ahead of Snowstorm

Mayor Bloomberg, who is totally not in Bermuda this time, has declared a weather emergency ahead of the incoming snowstorm. That’s not to be confused with a “snow emergency,” which would have banned cars without snow chains and tires from major roads. The newly created “weather emergency” designation urges New Yorkers to avoid unnecessary driving, and suspends alternative side parking, payment at parking meters, and garbage collection.

The National Weather Service is forecasting four to eight inches of snow accumulation overnight in Manhattan, and another two to four inches on Wednesday. And as snow began falling Tuesday night, there were already problems.

The MTA suspended all B service in both directions. There is no S train service in Brooklyn in either direction, and the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, E, D, F, N, and Q trains will be running locally.

Two LIRR trains — a 1:36 a.m. train from Jamaica to Oyster Bay and a 5:12 train from Oyster Bay to Mineola — have been canceled.

All three local airports have canceled most flights until Wednesday afternoon.

NJ Transit has canceled its “Access Link” program for the disabled for most of Wednesday. And Amtrak is running reduced service to Albany.

One group that’s not complaining about the snow? Local hotels, who are seeing high rates of occupancy as visitors are choosing to stay and ride out the storm.

Snowy Morning Commute Travel Guide [City Room/NYT]
Any Hotel Room in a Storm? Good Luck [City Room/NYT]
Snow affects 2, 3, 4, 5, D, F, Q, N trains [NYDN]
[NYC Office of Emergency Management]

Updated: New York Declares Emergency Ahead of Snowstorm