Snowstorm Blankets Northeast

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An out-of-service train passed through 163rd Street and Westchester Avenue in the Bronx on Tuesday. Above-ground service on New York City’s subways was suspended. The M.T.A. runs some out-of-service trains to keep the tracks from freezing. CreditDavid Dee Delgado for The New York Times

• The snow forecast for New York City has been downgraded to 4 to 8 inches by the National Weather Service.

• But far more snow is falling north and west of the city and in interior New England. Up to 30 inches are expected along the New York-Pennsylvania border.

• More than 115,000 homes are without power across the Mid-Atlantic region.

• The New York City subway has suspended above-ground service but continues to run below ground.

• Looking for something to do while you’re snowed in? Here’s what to cook, listen to and watch.

New York City is spared the worst…

Snow, sleet and ice are expected to continue through much of the day in New York City, accompanied by howling wind and occasional thunder. But only 4 to 6 inches of snow are expected across most of the city, and 6 to 8 inches in northern Manhattan and the Bronx. Rain has fallen in parts of Queens.

On Monday, forecasters had predicted up to 20 inches in the city.

“The storm is tracking closer to the coast and warmer air is being brought in,” said Joe Pollina, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Snow is changing over to sleet, or a wintry mix, which brings down the snow totals.”

The blizzard warning has been canceled in New York City but remains in effect to the north and west.

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Clearing snow in front of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday. CreditJohn Taggart for The New York Times

Here is the transit situation:

Subways: Above-ground trains continue to be suspended, but underground trains are operating. Transit officials said at 10 a.m. that they did not have a timetable yet for restoring above-ground service. Express service has also been suspended. Check the latest status here, or sign up for M.T.A. alerts.

Trains: Metro-North is on a reduced schedule and will stop running at noon because of wind and heavy snow. Amtrak has suspended service between New York and Boston, and between New York and Albany. The Long Island Rail Road and PATH are running with some delays. N.J. Transit is on a weekend schedule.

Buses: N.J. Transit has suspended all bus service today. City buses are running local.

• Roads: Poor visibility and icy conditions on highways and roads. Bridges and tunnels will remain open. Track the progress of snow removal at PlowNYC. Alternate-side parking has been suspended today and Wednesday.

Ferries: The Staten Island Ferry is running about every half-hour. Seastreak and East River Ferry services are suspended.

— ANDY NEWMAN, ALEXANDRA S. LEVINE and JONATHAN WOLFE

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New York City Department of Sanitation trucks clearing Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills on Tuesday. The city prepared for the storm with 689 salt spreaders, more than 1,600 plows and 283,000 tons of rock salt.Credit Uli Seit for The New York Times

 

… But state of emergency continues

Despite the blizzard fizzle in New York City, a state of emergency remains in effect until midnight, as sleety, icy conditions continue and high winds blow, Mayor Bill de Blasio said just after noon.

“The message to all New Yorkers is: Stay off the roads, stay off the sidewalks to the maximum extent possible,” the mayor said.

Schools will back in session tomorrow.

Mr. de Blasio said he did not regret preemptively canceling school today in light of the original forecast.

“This is the lesson we keep learning,” the mayor said. “The National Weather Service does everything they know how to do, but Mother Nature makes her own decisions.”

Mr. de Blasio said that 96 percent of the city’s streets have been plowed at least once. — ANDY NEWMAN

Inland, big snow. On the coast, a mess.

Snowfall forecasts near the coast have been downgraded north of New York City, though Boston and Providence are still expecting up to a foot.

In the interior, forecasters are still calling for over a foot of snow: 22 inches in Albany; 12 to 18 inches in Worcester, Mass.; 20 inches in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; 18 to 24 inches in West Milford in northern New Jersey; and 24 to 30 inches in Monticello, N.Y., and Honesdale, Pa.

Parts of upstate New York were under blizzard-like conditions, with sharply reduced visibility and high winds.

But even along the coast, the storm is expected to wreak havoc, said Kim Buttrick of the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass.

“Sometimes when we talk about these nor’easters everyone gets hung up on the snow, but there’s other stuff going on, too,” Ms. Buttrick said.

Wind, primarily: The eastern coast of Massachusetts could get wind over 50 miles per hour; Nantucket and outer Cape Cod could get gusts up to 65 m.p.h. “That’s hurricane-like conditions,” Ms. Buttrick said.

At high tides later this morning and afternoon in New England, forecasters are expecting moderate coastal flooding.

“You have waves building off shore,” Ms. Buttrick said. “This storm will pound the coast, especially for our northeast- and east-facing shore lines. There’ll be beach erosion, some flooding of roadways, possible damage to marinas, docks and piers.” — ANDY NEWMAN

Snow totals: from under an inch to over a foot

Here are the most recent snow totals from the Northeast reported to the National Weather Service. The official total in Central Park at 8 a.m. was 4 inches. The deepest snow so far is in Endwell, west of Binghamton, N.Y. — nearly 19 inches.

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How Much Snow Has Fallen

Large swaths of the Northeast are facing a major snowstorm beginning Monday night, with heavy snowfall expected on Tuesday from Washington to New England.

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Over 115,000 homes without power

Snow, wind and sleet have knocked out power to more than 100,000 people across New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and Maryland. Here are the state-by-state figures as of 11 a.m. from utility officials:

Delaware: 35,000 homes in the northern part of the state.

New Jersey: more than 30,000 homes, mostly in the southern and western parts of the state.

Virginia, more than 30,000 customers, mostly near Richmond, according to Dominion Energy.

Maryland: more than 22,000 homes — JONATHAN WOLFE

Air travel is hobbled

More than 5,000 flights scheduled for Tuesday within the United States have been canceled, according to flightaware.com, with thousands of cancellations at New York’s airports, Logan International Airport in Boston and other airports in the Northeast.

Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark Liberty International Airports remained open. At Kennedy, conditions have started to improve as the weather changed from snow to sleet and rain, said a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He said airlines would be able to operate flights they had not canceled, though delays are very likely.

At Philadelphia International Airport, only Delta is operating as of 5:40 a.m.

American Airlines, United, JetBlue and other airlines issued travel advisories ahead of anticipated weather-related cancellations and delays.

— PATRICK MCGEEHAN

Some snow, some sleet, some rain

The line between snow, sleet and rain is a thin one along the coasts. New York City is seeing snow in some parts and sleet in others, as the temperature hovers in the high 20s. But in Asbury Park, N.J., snow that had blanketed the shore by 1 a.m. had turned to pounding rain by 5 a.m. In Freeport on Long Island, a wet mix of snow and freezing rain greeted the few commuters waiting for the train. NATE SCHWEBER and RUTH BASHINSKY

New York City museums close, except for MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art is the city’s only large art and design museum to brave the storm and stay open during regular hours on Tuesday.

Closed because of the weather are: the Metropolitan Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim, the Frick, the Morgan, the New Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Museum of the City of New York, the Jewish Museum and the Cooper Hewitt.

Several museums — like the Whitney, the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, El Museo del Barrio, the Rubin Museum, MoMA PS1 and SculptureCenter – got lucky because they are regularly closed on Tuesdays anyway. – RANDY KENNEDY

What else is canceled?

School was canceled for Tuesday in Providence, R.I., and a number of public schools around Massachusetts. Schools were also canceled in several Connecticut cities, including Hartford, New Haven and Stamford, and classes were canceled at the University of Connecticut.

Boston’s public transportation system, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, planned to run a normal schedule on its subway lines, but made changes on its commuter rail and warned of possible changes to the buses and subways on Tuesday.

In Washington, the White House announced on Monday that President Trump and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany had postponed a visit planned for Tuesday. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said the visit would be rescheduled for Friday.

Broadway shows go on

The theater industry said that all Broadway shows would be performed as scheduled Tuesday night. Broadway rarely cancels performances, and generally does so only when the New York City subway system is fully shut down.

The last time Broadway canceled all shows was in January 2016, when a blizzard slammed the city.

Telecharge said that ticket holders for most shows Tuesday night could exchange their tickets for another performance if they can’t get to the theater; the exchanges must take place before the scheduled curtain time. Other ticket sellers are expected to offer similar options to those who need to exchange tickets.

The storm also creates an opportunity for bargain-hunters. Many shows are expected to discount tickets to Tuesday performances in an effort to resell canceled tickets. — MICHAEL PAULSON

An ode to dire commutes of yore

While there are, thankfully, no reports right now of trains stuck in the snow, our history-minded colleagues have compiled some grim highlights from a rich literary genre: the snowbound train story.

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