New York City was pounded Tuesday with up to 15 inches of snow, as Winter Storm Janus raked the United States east coast as the region’s brutal winter weather continued. But despite the gridlocked conditions in some parts of city caused by the snowstorm, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced that schools will be open as usual on Wednesday. Sorry, kids.
“Travel conditions may be difficult, and families should exercise judgment when taking their children to school,” Farina advised, in an official statement.
The National Weather Service predicted that between 10 and 15 inches could be covering southern areas of the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, as well as northern New Jersey by Wednesday morning, New York’s NBC Channel 4 reported.
The weather service was already reporting record single-day accumulations measured at LaGuardia Airport and New York City’s Central Park. The airport was buried under 6.1 inches, breaking the previous mark of 4.8 in 2001, while the park saw 7.1 inches, topping the previous recorded high of 6.0, the International Business Times reported.
The snow isn’t the only problem facing New York City’s hardened residents. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide emergency due to “a one-two punch of snow and extreme cold,” according to New York’s Daily News.
Temperatures in New York City have dipped into the single digits, with 30 mph winds creating a “feels like” temperature of 10 below zero Tuesday night.
“I urge all those in the affected regions to exercise caution, and avoid travel if possible,” the governor said in a statement. “State resources are deployed to clear snow and help those impacted by the storm, but above all it is important that New Yorkers remain safe both during and after the storm.”
Hundreds of flights at New York City area airports were cancelled due to the storm. The aviation site FlightAware.com, which tracks cancellations and delays, recorded 572 cancelled flights in and out of LaGuardia Tuesday, with 374 cancellations at John F. Kennedy Airport and 467 at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
For LaGuardia, more than half of all incoming flights were cancelled.
Already, about a quarter-hour after midnight Wednesday morning, 318 canceled flights were nixed at LaGuardia, 184 at John F. Kennedy Airport and 268 at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.