UPDATE: Snowstorm brings service changes and delays for public transit

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UPDATED March 7, 3:25 p.m.

After a morning of rain, snow will be falling down on the city until early tomorrow morning.

According to the National Weather Service, snow is falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour across the five boroughs. There will be a total of 6 to 10 inches in snowfall by the end of the storm.

The winter storm warning will be in effect until 4 a.m. on Thursday, March 8.

The MTA is advising that commuters travel with caution and allow extra time for travel. Buses, subways and certain LIRR lines are facing delays and service changes. For real time service information, visit 

The City’s Emergency Management Department issued a hazardous travel advisory for March 7. They are working closely with the National Weather Service to monitor the storm’s track to determine the impacts to New York City.

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a Snow Alert for March 6 starting at 10 p.m. In a snow alert, DSNY coordinates with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation on snow clearing protocol in accordance with each agency’s written snow plan.

DSNY is pre-deploying 693 salt spreaders and will activate PlowNYC and will dispatch 1500 plows when more than two inches of snow accumulates, with additional plows available if necessary.

Snow removal will begin at 7 a.m. on March 6. Normal garbage and recycling collections are scheduled but may be delayed depending on snowfall amounts.

NYC Parks will lend the DSNY 44 plows with operators and will prepare an additional 150 plows, 150 salt spreaders and other equipment for snow removal on park perimeters. The Department of Transportation will also assist the DSNY with plowing.

The Department of Transportation announced that the Alternate Side Parking Regulations will be suspended on Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8 to facilitate snow operations. Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the City.

The Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a reminder to secure loose property at your home, charge your cellphones and gather any necessary supplies. In the event of a power outage, the DOB advises you to stay clear of downed power lines, turn off all appliances, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed and to not use generators indoors.

All winter weather information and information about the city’s response to the storm can be found by visiting the City’s Severe Weather website at www.nyc.gov/severeweather or by calling 311. New Yorkers are also encouraged to sign up for the Notify NYC, the city’s free emergency notification system. To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit www.nyc.gov or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.

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