The MTA announced today that precautions will be taken to deliver safe and reliable service due to a combination of rain, heavy winds, and snow that’s in the forecast beginning this afternoon (Thursday, December 15) into tomorrow afternoon (Friday, December 16).
As of now it’s predicted that the snow is mostly expected to hit the Hudson Valley area, while mainly strong wind gusts are forecasted for NYC. We’re hoping, however, that those gusts carry over a few flurries to us, similar to the ones we saw this past weekend (Sunday, December 11)!
And we may not be too hopeless after all!
With temperatures that are expected to feel as cold as 24° tonight, we’d say there’s still a chance to catch some snowflakes on our tongue tonight!
Meteorologist SallyAnn Mosey for NY1 Weather says after the rain arrives this afternoon “we could see some wet snow, but no accumulations are expected.”
Whether we do see some snow (fingers crossed) or NYC just sticks to high winds, here’s what you should know about this evening’s commute:
Empty tractor-trailers and tandem trucks will be banned on bridges and in tunnels from 10p.m. Thursday through 2p.m. Friday due to forecasted wind gusts.
Pedestrian walkways at the Cross Bay Bridge and Marine Parkway Bridge will be closed during this same time period, and pedestrian walkways at the RFK Bridge and Henry Hudson Bridge may close depending on weather conditions.
Metro-North, the agency that will see some snow accumulations, will run a normal weekday schedule. Metro-North personnel will be salting platforms and staircases at stations before, during, and after the storm.
Metro-North West of Hudson service will also operate on a normal weekday schedule. Customers should anticipate scattered delays due to the weather-related conditions.
“While Metro-North does not expect a major impact to service, we will monitor conditions for the duration of the storm, with crews prepositioned so that they can respond quickly,” said Metro-North President and LIRR Interim President Catherine Rinaldi. “Customers should still plan some extra travel time and use TrainTime for real-time updates.”
You can stay updated and monitor service on new.mta.info, the TrainTime app, or Metro-North’s social media feeds.