There’s No Escaping Snow Misery Anywhere In Tri-State

As Much As 20 Inches Fall All Over The Fed-Up Region

NEW YORK (AP/ CBS New York) —  January is officially the snowiest month on record for New York City.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was the snowiest January since the city started keeping records, besting 27.4 inches set in 1925. The accumulation was about twice the amount that had been predicted, he said.

Not surprising after another powerful storm tore through the Tri-State area Wednesday night into Thursday, with lightning, thunder and tons of wet snow, stranding thousands of road, rail and air travelers .

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All New York City public schools and non-emergency city government offices are closed. This is the ninth time since 1978 that schools have been closed due to snow. “Parents, students and staff should assume that schools will be open tomorrow,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

1010 WINS’ John Montone visits Brooklyn where residents just want the snow to go away 

City and state officials will try to find a solution for students who were scheduled to take a regents exams Thursday. About 300 students need to take the test to graduate in January.

Additionally, some government offices, federal courts in Manhattan and the United Nations headquarters closed. Even the Statue of Liberty shut down for snow removal. Bloomberg said as transportation options improve city employees will be expected to get to work.

Mayor Bloomberg with WCBS 880’s Michael Wallace and Pat Carroll

Parts of Long Island saw upwards of 16 inches.

The Long Island Rail Road, especially when people are still shoveling out, is a symbol. It’s a link to “the outside.” It was vital on Thursday because there was a line of plows digging out towns after the Island got hit the night before — on top of what was already there, as almost every front lawn silently confirmed.

Richard Cioffi had been shoveling for four and a half hours when CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman caught up to him.

“Yeah, maybe I’ll go to Florida, maybe,” Cioffi said.

Motorists were being warned of dangerous road conditions. Limited train service was restored early Thursday on the LIRR. In New Canaan, Conn., a Metro-North commuter train ran off the tracks, suspending service. Its two passengers and crew members were not injured. Amtrak restored normal service between Boston and New York late Thursday morning after cancellations, delays and schedule changes caused by the storm.  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says bus routes in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan are being restored. Service was suspended after midnight Thursday because of the storm. The MTA says buses will begin running on all roads as soon as they are cleared and safe.

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon with frustrated commuters in the Bronx 

MTA spokesman Charles Seaton says the system is handling this storm better than the post-Christmas blizzard. “Systemwide things are a lot better than then,” Seaton said. “We’re far better prepared. I believe this storm has been just about as rough as that one.”

Walking also is treacherous. Pedestrians have to walk in the street in some areas because many sidewalks remain unshoveled or are blocked by high mounds of snow.

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This intense nor’easter is making a mess of the area’s major airports. Newark and Kennedy, closed for snow removal but began taking flights at 10 a.m. Hundreds of flights were canceled at both airports. LaGuardia Airport had 168 cancellations.

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More than 1,100 homes and businesses in the metropolitan New York City area are without electric power. Con Edison reported 355 customers out at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, with 186 of those in Brooklyn. Spokeswoman Sara Banda said the highest number overnight was 1,150. The Long Island Power Authority’s website listed 785 customers out. Orange and Rockland Utilities had no outages at midmorning. Spokesman Mike Donovan said 160 customers were without power for less than an hour overnight.

1010 WINS’ Alice Stockton-Rossini on Varick Street where workers have been working overtime clearing sidewalks

collapsed awning Theres No Escaping Snow Misery Anywhere In Tri State

Heavy snow collapsed the awning of the Garden Gourmet supermarket in the Bronx Thursday (Photo/Sonia Rincon)

In a region already contending with above-average snowfall this season, the storm that began Wednesday added several more inches. The National Weather Service says 36 inches of snow fell on Central Park; 32 inches at LaGuardia Airport and 32 inches at JFK.

Since Dec. 14, snow has fallen eight times on the New York region — or an average of about once every five days. That includes the blizzard that dropped 20 inches on New York City and paralyzed travel after Christmas. When the snows arrived Wednesday, the city had already seen 36 inches of snow this season in comparison with the full-winter average of 21 inches.

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A weather emergency remains in effect for the city and meter rules and alternate side parking regulations will be suspended through Friday. The city declared a weather emergency for the second time since the Dec. 26 storm, which trapped hundreds of buses and ambulances and caused a political crisis for the mayor. An emergency declaration means any car blocking roads or impeding snowplows can be towed at the owner’s expense.

Bloomberg said the response to the latest storm was better than the blizzard because, “We asked the questions of what didn’t work last time.”

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The heavy foot-and-a-half of snow in the Bronx was too much for the awning in front of the Garden Gourmet supermarket on Broadway and West 233rd St. The approximately 60-foot wide awning crashed to the ground in the early morning hours, covering the storefront. Large pieces of twisted metal filled the sidewalk as workers cut the broken awning into pieces. Manager Andy Zoitas told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon the store could not open on time and at least half a day of business was lost.

On Long Island, a pickup truck plowing a snow-covered parking lot in Center Moriches struck and killed 64-year-old Doris Metz Wednesday afternoon, police said. Metz, of Mastic Beach, was walking across the lot when the truck, which had a snow plow attached, backed into her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera with Doris Metz’s husband who says he doesn’t understand how this could have happened

Crashed, spun-out or disabled cars littered highways. More than 250 cars were disabled on New Jersey highways since Wednesday. Officials in the mid-Atlantic region worked to remove dozens of cars and tractor-trailers abandoned by motorists at the height of the storm.

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  • Bloop

    I like snow its pretty….8l….

  • grant

    Everyone stay calm. No need to panic. No need to worry. There is plenty more snow where this came from – plenty for everyone. Not only that, we will be seeing snow most likely as late as May or June, so everyone rejoice. How about we all just sing a happy song together:

    “I’m Mister White Christmas
    I’m Mister Snow
    I’m Mister Icicle
    I’m Mister Ten Below
    Friends call me Snow Miser
    What ever I touch
    Turns to snow in my clutch
    I’m too much!”

  • MrsB

    DON”T PANIC!!! This happened once before. The last time, the state granted a waiver for the Regents and allowed them to get a local diploma without it if they chose and had them retake it in June if they wanted a Regents diploma. It actually worked out pretty well for most kids since most of the kids taking the Regents in January are students who already failed the exam once and were unlikely to pass it anyway, and the students going for a Regents diploma (which really means very little) are usually good students who had no problem passing it in June.

  • Ellen

    Guess New York and Boston got the worse of it. Heard that Washington DC had a power outage this mourning.

  • Aly

    If schools are closed thats a good thing
    We havent had this mush snow ny1 hatin shut up
    Mayor Bloomberg was smart to close them
    my street wasnt plowed until 3 hours ago

  • Gina

    Schools are open, people complain.
    Schools are closed, people complain.
    Streets aren’t plowed people complain.
    Streets are plowed but not often enough, people complain.

    Learn to deal with things people. Life is unpredictable, and having the snowiest month ever in NYC is by no means a tragedy. I encourage you all to take a moment and reflect on what you have in life to be grateful for rather than moan & whine about what you are unhappy about.

    • Love NYC and Snow! : )

      Gina, I agree with your comment very much! You said it very well!! People need to learn to appreciate what they have in life. I love snow in NYC!! : )

  • young at heart

    I grew up all my life in NYC, and even if there was 4 inches on the ground, they would, because of precautions, closed the schools. I don’t understand why everyone is whining about the fact that they closed the schools this time. It’s for everyones safety, and stop complaining, and go have FUN! Snow days are the best kind of days. and I’m saying that as an adult.
    and by the way, all you kids that think that it is bad that you missed the regents- relax! They will reschedule. Again, go play in the snow, catch up on a book, play some video games, or lay in bed with a movie. Snow Days Kick Major Butt!

    • Mrs.B.

      I don’t know how old you are, but I grew up and went to school in NYC and have taught in NYC and have never seen them close for 4 inches! In fact, there have been plenty of times when I trudged to work in well over a foot of snow. That being said, closing the schools today was a rare sensible decision by the city, having all those extra people on the roads would have been awful.

  • Leonard

    The US History and Government Regents is fairly easy. I got a 93 on it back in 2002. I don’t recall schools being closed this many times in a year. When I attended public school in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, schools would close once every 5 years for inclement weather. Now it’s happening every year.

  • NYC KittyCAT


  • steyin

    When I was in HS, heck when I was in any form of school over the last 20 years, this wouldn’t have closed schools. You people are spoiled today, and NY isn’t as tough as it once was.

  • Jake

    Im only in 6th grade, but I wish school were open.
    I have mid-terms

  • NYC History teacher

    Sorry Panicing Student, but you DO NEED the U.S. History Regents to graduate.

    • Panicing Student

      i was saying that Impatient High schooler didnt need to.. but I did!

  • Impatient High schooler

    This stinks! I was all ready to take my Geometry regents today…if schools are closed, that means we’re going to have to take it in June, right? :c Can’t wait that long; I should be moving on to Trig!

    • everything stuck to him

      are you sure that’s the case? in my school, regardless of passing, you WILL move on to trig.

    • Panicing Student

      This does suck… but at least you don’t need to take US History regents in order to graduate!!

      • hs student

        yea you do

    • science teacher

      what would they make u do until then? more geometry? can’t they move u up to trig anyway, if u have the grades in geometry to back u up?

      • Impatient High schooler

        Yeah, unfortunately that’s what they’ll probably do. Can’t move up until we’ve passed the regents…

  • RICK


  • o_o

    Do colleges fall into this category of not being open?

    • School fool

      Does your college have a website?

      • o_o

        Oh thanks! I was checking websites and didn’t think of the college website. I found out. Thanks :)

  • NYC High School Teacher



    You’re crazy if you think Teachers are going to throw away a good snow day and not stay home.

    Children will have to take the exams in June.

  • H girl

    what a mess. but this is good. my kids will have fun.

  • Nell

    There is no school. Can you not read?

    • Nell

      Sorry. That reply was for ‘school parent’.

  • Belle

    Awesome!! I’m happy to be able to enjoy today with my children. Snowball fights, snow angels and snow forts…What a wonderful birthday this will be!

    Make the best of this day, enjoy it with your family.

  • school kid

    What about the regents exams that were scheduled today?

    • school teacher

      They will not be made it. You will have to take the exam in June. Stinks! The reason is that some schools in the state are open and will still be administering the exams as scheduled, so they can’t reschedule them.

      • School fool


      • school parent

        i cannot find any official information about today’s regents. i have been on hold with 311 for 45 minutes (and counting). my daughter has to leave for school by 7am if she is still taking the regents.

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