UPDATED 12:01 a.m. Feb. 9, 2013
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In addition to the road, the rails are also being heavily impacted by the storm.
Grand Central Terminal closed at midnight because of the inclement weather. Friday night, CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider witnessed the usually-bustling spot virtually empty.
Some folks were stranded as a result.
“I wish we hadn’t had dessert. I’d like to be on a train home. We knew that it might happen, but it didn’t look that bad outside. We just didn’t think they were going to stop service,” said Ginny Blanford, of Hartsdale.
The last train left Grand Central at 10:22 p.m. Friday to New Haven, Conn.
There will be no outbound service until sometime Saturday, but it is still unclear when exactly that will be.
Metro-North Railroad suspended service beginning at 10 p.m. to reduce the likelihood of stranding trains and to begin snow clearing operations.
The move was made because of the “accelerating severity of the current storm as well as projections of heavy snowfall accumulations,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
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As of midnight, the 7 subway line was to operate between Main Street and Queensboro Plaza, with shuttle service between Queensboro Plaza and Vernon-Jackson avenues. There was to be no 7 service to Manhattan as of midnight.
The 42nd Street S shuttle was to operate overnight.
Some additional service may be suspended if the weather demands it, officials said.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is also deploying jet engine-powered snow blowers and snow throwers as well as de-icing cars to keep switches and third rails clear of snow and ice on the subway system.
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The Long Island Rail Road said if there if more than 10 inches of snow, service would be suspended.
Because of snow accumulation and visibility issues, Cuomo said LIRR service on the Montauk Branch east of Speonk was suspended for safety reasons.
Crews will be out in force to clear tracks and the third rail, which is used to power electric trains.
Earlier, the LIRR showed off a tool it’s using to keep the tracks clear: A rail-bound snow blower, powered by a jet engine.
The LIRR has seven of them. Three of them are brand new this year. The LIRR is also deploying hi-rail jet snow blowers, which can be taken on roads to wherever they’re needed on the rails.
They also broke out four “giant two-way snow brooms” and three cold-air snow blowers. The LIRR said they started using “alcohol trains” Thursday night to spread anti-freeze along the tracks.