Broadway Blizzard Watch - Saturday Update - All Shows Are On, But Travel Advisories Aplenty
The snow storm has now ended in New York City and has dropped 11.4 inches on Manhattan, along with 21.8" in Boston, and 38" in Mildford, CT.
Cleanup is well underway in Manhattan and elsewhere, but many travel advisories are in effect, so we advise to take extra time and caution traveling to today's matinees. Motorists in Westchester, Connecticut and elsewhere have been advised to stay off the road, so make sure to check your local advisories before heading out.
According to the National Weather Service, today's NYC weather will feature areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow showers before noon. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 32. Breezy, with a northwest wind 22 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 17. Northwest wind 9 to 17 mph.
- The MTA has advised of potential service disruptions, and information about any service changes to public transportation is available here.
-Snow plow progress can be tracked here.
Via Telecharge, the following Broadway shows are offering advance exchanges - before the performance - for customers who are unable to attend the Saturday, February 9 matinee performance, due to the winter storm: Chicago, Cinderella, Mamma Mia!, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once, The Phantom of the Opera, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Other Place, Rock of Ages, Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon, Manilow on Broadway.
The Long Island Rail Road is providing limited two-hourly service to and from Farmingdale on the Ronkonkoma Branch, to and from Huntington, Babylon and Port Washington. Service remains suspended service on the Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma Branches east of Hicksville, on the Port Washington Branch and on the Montauk Branch east of Speonk due to the storm.
All Metro-North Railroad Harlem, Hudson and New Haven Line service is suspended until further notice. The decision to halt service was due to the significant snowfall, high winds, visibility issues, and the risk of a train becoming disabled with customers on board.
Subway service is operating with scattered delays and trains have been stored underground along express tracks around the system to prevent trains from being blocked in yards by drifting snow. Bus service is operating but there are several weather related diversions and detours. Other curtailments or suspensions in service remain a strong possibility to ensure customer safety and to protect equipment.
Paratransit has suspended sedan service, only vans equipped with chains will be in service. Customers are being contacted in advance of pick-up to ensure the trips are still desired.
The MTA regional transportation network has assumed an aggressive storm-fighting posture in response to the storm. Crews and snow fighting equipment have been deployed to clear ice and snow from switches, signals and other critical components with an eye toward resuming suspended service when it is safe to do so.
New York City Transit
The winter weather event has forced the curtailment of some subway and service along some bus routes. Paratransit sedan service is suspended, only van service is available. Customers are advised to limit travel or stay home if possible.
Trains not required for service have been stored along underground express tracks to prevent them from being blocked in yards by drifting snow. Due to the storm, all weekend subway work has been canceled. Bus service is operating with some delays and detours are in effect city-wide due to road conditions.
Long Island Rail Road
The Long Island Rail Road is operating limited two-hourly service to and from Farmingdale on the Ronkonkoma Branch, and to and from Huntington, Babylon and Port Washington due to snow accumulation and third rail icing conditions. Service on all other branches is suspended.
All Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Line service is suspended until further notice because of the severity of the storm that dropped over a foot of snow in some areas of our service region.
Bridges and Tunnels
All nine crossings are open and operating normally at this time. Motorists are asked to allow extra travel time and operate at reduced speeds due to wet roadways. As the storm intensifies, high winds and white-out conditions may result in intermittent roadway and ramp closures.