Winter Storm Warning in NYC and Southern NY State  
Active for next 15 hours (as of 2pm) 


Locations: Bronx; Kings (Brooklyn); New York (Manhattan); Northern Nassau; Northern Queens; Richmond (Staten Is.); Southern Nassau; Southern Queens

Winter Storm to impact the region today into tonight.


Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from noon today to 6 am EST Wednesday.

  • Locations: New York City and western Long Island.
  • Hazard types: Heavy snow and blowing snow.
  • Accumulations: snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches.
  • Winds: north 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
  • Wind chills, as low as 10 below zero late tonight.
  • Temperatures: highs in the mid 20s this morning, dropping into the lower teens tonight.
  • Visibilities: one quarter mile or less at times this afternoon into tonight.
  • Timing: snowfall will begin late this morning and will continue through tonight, tapering off early Wednesday morning. The Heaviest snowfall will occur late this afternoon into tonight.
  • Impacts: falling, blowing, and drifting snow will cause hazardous travel and walking conditions across the area, impacting the late afternoon and evening commute. Snow removal will be difficult this afternoon through tonight. Prolonged exposure to frigid cold and low wind chills could cause Frost Bite. Dress Appropriately.


Notification issued 1/21/14 at 9:47 AM
. The NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory for today (Tuesday) and Wednesday due to anticipated weather conditions that will result in wet, slick sidewalks. Roadways could quickly turn icy. The National Weather Service has forecasted 8 to 12 inches of snow accumulation through Wednesday. Dangerously cold temperatures expected through Friday. Residents should drive slowly, monitor weather and traffic, use major streets or highways, and keep the name and number of at least one local towing service. Pedestrians should avoid slippery surfaces, dress in layers, and maintain a heightened awareness of cars, especially when crossing intersections. Please review the complete Hazardous Travel Advisory for additional details about the impending storm and precautions to take.

Notification issued 1/21/14 at 12:18 PM. Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations will remain suspended Wednesday, January 22, 2014, to facilitate snow removal. All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

Notification issued 1/21/14 at 1:00 PM. From New York City Department of Education: Due to anticipated inclement weather conditions, after school programs and PSAL activities are cancelled today, Tuesday, January 21, 2014.  No other changes to the school schedule are being made at this time. Since severe cold weather and snow are expected to make roads slippery, we urge New Yorkers to exercise caution when traveling to and from schools. Safety is a top priority for the Department.


Recommended actions

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only Travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food. And Water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.


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  • Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
    • Sand to improve traction.
    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
    • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
    • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • More about:
  • What to do before winter storms and extreme cold.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack - a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
  • More about:
  • What to do during winter storms and extreme cold.
Merchant Info (Preparing Your Business):
  • Business owners and property managers should be prepared to address conditions in front of their properties, including keeping the sidewalk clear of snow and ice with regular shoveling and salting.
  • Increase snow clearing and salting frequency during the storm if your business will be open.
  • Placing signs to remind and warn pedestrians passing, entering and exiting your place of business.

CleanStreets Ambassadors has salted many parts of Chinatown 
in preparation for today's coming storm. - 01/21/2014  
See more photos.


What is a Winter Storm Warning?

A winter weather event including 1) snow, ice, or sleet meeting or exceeding locally defined 12 and/or 24 hour warning criteria; or 2) a combination of snow, ice, or sleet and blowing snow with at least one of the precipitation elements meeting or exceeding locally defined 12 and/or 24 hour warning criteria. Source:


How To Report Winter Storm Damages 

If you see any damaged public street lights, trees, plantings, street signs or other properties within the Chinatown BID due to Winter Storm Hercules, please call 311 and/or contact our office by 212.346.9288 / 


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