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New York City Public Schools To Close Thursday For Snowstorm

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City is closing public schools Thursday, as a snowstorm bears down on the area.

“Due to expected severe weather conditions, all New York City public schools will be closed Thursday, January 4, 2018,” the Department of Education announced. All after-school, adult education and other school programs are also canceled, the DOE said.

Schools will reopen on Friday.

The DOE said there have been four school closings up to this point, and Thursday will mark the fifth.

CHECK: Forecast & Alerts

CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn reported late Wednesday that the storm had tracked 80 mph to shore than previously anticipated. Thus, a winter storm warning has been issued beginning at 1 a.m. Thursday and continuing until 1 a.m. Friday for the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau County, southern Westchester County, parts of northern New Jersey, and all of Connecticut.

Snow totals of 3 to 6 inches remain in effect for most of New York City, but some of eastern Brooklyn and Queens could see the 6- to 12-inch range.

Wind gusts of 35 mph to 45 mph are also possible.

A blizzard warning has been issued for Suffolk County and some coastal New Jersey counties, but New York City is not affected.

The Department of Sanitation has also issued a snow alert starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, meaning snow equipment will be ready to handle the winter weather.

The city’s Emergency Management Department has also issued a hazardous travel advisory for Thursday and said the heaviest snow is expected to fall during the morning commute.

Alternate side parking has also been suspended for Thursday and Friday.