The storm that left Queens with just a dusting of snow this morning will really ramp up tonight, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a winter storm warning for the city.
Less than an inch of snow is expected to accumulate between noon and 7 p.m., according to an NWS hourly forecast, but another 1.2 inches are expected between 7 and 10 and another 2 inches between 10 and 1 a.m. Total accumulations are projected at 4 to 8 inches, with the snow winding down around 11 a.m. Friday.
The city suspended alternate side parking regulations for today to make snow removal easier, but meters must still be paid. The Department of Sanitation said it was loading salt spreaders and putting plows on trucks. Some city buses have chains on their tires, and the MTA said it is running fewer articulated buses, the extra-long ones with a flexible accordion-like section in the middle.
Residents can track snow removal operations online at PlowNYC, which is available at maps.nyc.gov/doitt/nycitymap/template?&applicationName=SNOW. A map there shows when each street was last serviced by snow removal trucks.
The MTA provides information on the status of subways, buses, commuter trains and the bridges and tunnels it operates at mta.info.
Temperatures today are expected to be in the 20s, and winds are forecast to be 15 to 25 miles an hour, with gusts up to 35 mph. The temperature will fall into the teens overnight, and the wind chill factor will make it feel like it's zero to 10 degrees below zero on Friday.
The weather is expected to be worse to the east, where a blizzard warning is in effect for Nassau and Suffolk counties. Snowfall there is projected at 6 to 10 inches, with winds gusting to 45 mph.
Gov. Cuomo said on Wednesday that major highways including the Long Island Expressway could end up being closed. The state Department of Transportation has information on road conditions at dot.ny.gov/travel.
This article originally misreported the use of articulated buses. Fewer of them are running today, but some are.