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More snow for Queens (yes, that's a current headline)

City could get another 6 to 10 inches Wednesday and Thursday

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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 11:32 am | Updated: 2:51 am, Thu Feb 13, 2014.

UPDATE: The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch Tuesday afternoon for Queens and the region, predicting 4 to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow starting late Wednesday night and running into Thursday evening. The regular NWS forecast says 4 to 9 inches for Queens. On Thursday, it says, "Chance of precipitation is 100%."

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Maybe alternate-side parking rules will come back into effect before the daffodils start blooming.

Maybe not.

Yes, Queens and the region are likely to get more snow late Wednesday night into Thursday. Forecasters on various broadcast media were saying Tuesday morning that the storm could add up to 4 to 8 inches in the city, or maybe 6 to 10 — or maybe much less. It all depends on how the system tracks along the coast, and with the snowfall something like 36 hours away, it was too early to predict with much certitude.

In the words of the National Weather Service: "A strong winter storm is possible from Wednesday night into Thursday evening. "Although the exact track ... timing and intensity are still uncertain ... the potential exists for significant snowfall of 6 inches or more."

The snow is expected to mix with sleet or freezing rain in areas near the coast, including Queens, Brooklyn and eastern Long Island, while areas north and west of the city may get pure snow, possibly a foot of it north of Route 287 in Westchester.

But if the storm tracks a certain way, it could mostly be a rain event in the city.

Alternate-side parking rules were still suspended Tuesday for snow removal from the last storm, and they were already going to be suspended Wednesday in honor of Abraham Lincoln's birthday. If the snow comes down heavily that night, they're likely to remain suspended Thursday.

With temperatures today and tomorrow not expected to rise above the mid-20s, pedestrians continue to face slippery, uneven mounds of ice and frozen muck along curbs, and on sidewalks in front of homes and businesses whose owners do not follow the law on snow removal. Drivers are left with fewer parking spaces due to mounds of snow and ice and are parking atop sloping tables of ice that make it hard to not leave their cars askew. Potholes plague the streets and highways though crews continue to fill them in.

It's a winter's winter in New York.

Once the snow comes down, residents can track the progress of plows and salt spreaders at the PlowNYC website, available via nyc.gov/severeweather.

Power outages and estimated repair times can be seen at coned.com and, in the Rockaways, psegliny.com.

Bus and train riders can get information on the transit situation at mta.info.

Air travelers can check out conditions at the airports at panynj.gov and, if the weather is poor, are always encouraged to contact their airlines before heading out to Kennedy or LaGuardia airports.

As reported by the Queens Chronicle's Domenick Rafter, a meteorological maven, the pattern the jet stream has been taking across the United States is to blame for 2014 being so snowy in New York. As Rafter wrote in last week's Chronicle:

"The placement of the jet stream is pushing storm systems across the southern part of the United States toward the Atlantic Ocean, where they redevelop thanks to the moisture from the sea and explode into coastal systems. When the storms are far enough offshore, as they have been through most of the winter, the precipitation in Queens is all snow. When they are closer, ice and rain occur.

"The storms will continue until the jet steam shifts north, which it ultimately will, but perhaps not for several more weeks.

"And citizens shouldn’t expect warmer conditions soon. Some of the strongest coastal snowstorms, including the infamous Blizzard of 1888 and Superstorm ’93, occurred in the month of March."

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