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City Braces for 18 Inches of Snow, Closes School Buildings and Postpones Vaccination Appointments

Mayor Bill de Blasio announces storm cancellations Photo: @nycmayor

Jan. 31, 2021 By Christina Santucci

New York City school buildings will be closed Monday and coronavirus vaccine appointments are being postponed–as the city braces for a winter storm that could dump more than a foot of snow, the mayor announced Sunday morning.

In addition, outdoor dining has been cancelled for Monday, and alternate side parking in the city is suspended for Monday and Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Tuesday for the city and surrounding areas, projecting heavy snow and accumulations of 14 to 18 inches and wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour.

Learning will switch to remote classes at city schools Monday, the mayor said. There has been no announcement made about classes on Tuesday yet, but de Blasio said he expected to make a decision soon.

The vaccine sites will be closed Monday and appointments will be will be rescheduled, the mayor said.

“Travel conditions are going to be extremely dangerous if not impossible,” NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell said.

NYC Department of Sanitation Chief Edward Grayson said New Yorkers should be prepared to not see the blacktop right away, but his department will be working hard to remove the snow.

“We will be poised and ready to move at the first flake,” Grayson said. Plows can be tracked online through the city’s PlowTracker site.

A worker shovels snow outside on Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City on Dec. 17, 2020 (Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

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Joyce

good. day off or two and stay away of the roads so the sanitation department could easily do their job

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Critic Al

Didn’t this happen last year? And the year before that? And then the year before that? And then maybe it didn’t so much but then it did again the year before that and then again the year before that and so on and so forth except for the times where it didn’t, which wasn’t that much but was something.

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Anonymous

Nyc gets snow every year. Hasn’t been a year yet with no snow accumulations. Some years we see more then others. Last year was about 5 inches total for the season. Low but something.

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Gabriela

Please keep your dog on a leash during the snowstorm! Im tired of karens and male-karens letting their dogs loose to take selfies during storms.

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What’s in a name

A Karen is an entitled white middle aged woman who uses her white privilege to hurt, harass or harm others. Letting your dog loose to take a selfie is dumb but not racist. A Karen isn’t just a regular complainer, but maybe that should be called “Gabriela”.

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Brainwashing obviously works

@Let it snow – The article is just is public address in the form of a weather advisory. Why must everything be turned into a Fox talking point ?

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