Maybe alternate-side parking rules will come back into effect before the daffodils start blooming.
By the time you read this, Queens and the region are likely to have several more inches of snow on the ground than before the Chronicle went to press Wednesday night. Forecasters were predicting that the latest storm, set to begin overnight and last through Thursday afternoon, would produce 6 to 10 inches of the white stuff here, a bit less on Long Island and a bit more in the nearby northern suburbs. The totals depend on how the system tracks along the coast, how quickly it moves and where that crucial line dividing rain from snow ends up.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for 12 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday, ominously saying in its ellipses-laden style: “Snowfall will make travel treacherous. In addition ... heavy ... wet snow may cause some weak ... flat roof structures to collapse and trees will be susceptible to falling.”
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, a foot or more of it north of Route 287 in Westchester.
Alternate-side parking rules were still suspended Tuesday for snow removal from the last storm, and would have been regardless on Wednesday, for Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. If history is a guide, it’s likely they’ll be suspended Thursday and possibly again Friday.
With temperatures not expected to rise above 30 on Thursday, pedestrians will continue to face slippery, uneven mounds of snow, 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.
(You know who you are. Go pick up a shovel before someone gets hurt, and then maybe gets a lawyer.)
Drivers will continue to find fewer parking spaces as snow piles occupy many, and will have to keep leaving their cars atop sloping tables of ice that make it hard to not park askew. Potholes will plague the streets and highways though crews continue to fill them in.
It’s a winter’s winter in New York.
The storm will be the ninth snow event of the season, according to NYC Area Weather, a forecasting and blogging site. In a poll on its main page, 26 percent of respondents predicted as of Wednesday morning that Thursday’s snowfall would total 6 to 9 inches. Twenty-one percent predicted 3 to 6 inches and another 21 percent foresaw 9 to 12. Twenty-four percent thought it would be even more than that, while 8 percent predicted 3 inches or less.
Once the snow comes down, residents can track the progress of plows at the PlowNYC website, available via nyc.gov/severeweather.
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, whenever the weather is poor, are 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, this winter has been a snowy one in New York because the jet stream is pushing storms eastward across the southern United States toward the ocean, where they redevelop as coastal systems. He was glad to report on Tuesday that the pattern is expected to change relatively soon.
Hey, you’re a lot better off listening to Rafter than some groundhog.