Second February Snowfall Blankets New York

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It’s Monday.

Weather: Mostly sunny and very chilly. High around 30.

Alternate-side parking: Suspended through Friday for snow removal, Lunar New Year’s Meskene and Lincoln’s Birthday.


Credit…Gabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times

On the heels of last week’s crippling snowstorm, New York City was hit with what weather officials called a “freight train” on Sunday, leaving more than six inches of snow in parts of the city.

Kennedy Airport saw 6.5 inches, and Central Park got 4.5 inches, said Dominic Ramunni, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y.

On Monday, New York City faces some of the coldest weather of the season, with temperatures in the teens in the early morning and subfreezing temperatures into tonight, Mr. Ramunni said.

“The big concern for Monday is going to be the freezing of anything on the roadways,” he said.

The city has already gotten more than 32.5 inches of snow this winter, Mr. Ramunni said, the most accumulation since 2014, year to date.

[A storm swoops in and “blasts us with snow.”]

More on the way?

He said Sunday might have been just the beginning of a week of nasty weather, with more snow possible on Tuesday and Thursday. Friday could see some flurries too.

The storm last week blanketed the city in more than 17 inches of snow and left outlying areas with 30 or more inches. In Newark, a woman survived for days after she got trapped in her van by the snow.

“Back-to-back storms are something we train for, and they are a reality in February in New York,” said Edward Grayson, commissioner of the city’s Department of Sanitation, which on Sunday was plowing the streets with 2,000 vehicles, of which 715 were salt spreaders. The department said it had 200,000 tons of salt available for the storm.

“Everybody is definitely tired, but they’re dedicated,” Mr. Grayson said. “Whenever the winter comes, or a meteorological event comes, we have worked around the clock before.”

The impact

On Sunday, winter storm warnings and weather advisories were posted for the city and parts of Connecticut, northeastern New Jersey and Long Island. Mayor Bill de Blasio asked New Yorkers to stay off the roads.

While last week’s snowstorm led to widespread shutdowns of Covid-19 vaccination centers, Sunday’s storm prompted only a handful of suspensions across the state and no real interruption across the five boroughs.

Newark Liberty International Airport reported more than 81 flights canceled on Sunday, but overall, the snowfall went much easier on the city’s mass transit system than last week’s storm.

City sanitation officials warned that although workers will return to collecting trash and recycling on Monday, delays are to be expected.

The department will continue to hire emergency snow laborers to clear crosswalks, bus stops and bike lanes.


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What we’re reading

A Las Vegas-style quickie wedding chapel has opened on the Upper West Side. [NYPost]

The New York City Police Department disciplined one of its officers seen in an online görüntü wearing pro-Trump patches while in uniform. [Gothamist]

A Guardian Angels member resigned after a politician posted a görüntü that appeared to show an altercation on the subway. [WCBS-880]

And finally: ‘An enormous step’

The Times’s Peter Libbey writes:

New York City Ballet dancers will return to the David H. Koch Theater before audiences do. The company’s coming digital season, set to begin on Feb. 22, will include performances, rehearsals and conversations filmed at the Lincoln Center theater, including new ballets by the choreographers Kyle Abraham and Justin Peck.

“It’s an enormous step for the company, in particular the dancers,” Jonathan Stafford, City Ballet’s artistic director, said in an interview. “I’ve been able to be around the theater as they’ve come back to the stage to work on some of these events, and dancers are taking pictures of the stage — these are dancers who have been on the stage thousands of times in their career.”

The return to the Koch Theater is viewed as a step toward preparing the company for the reopening of performing arts spaces to the public. City Ballet is planning for a live season, conditions permitting, in the fall.

Wendy Whelan, City Ballet’s associate artistic director, said the company has been trying to “build a momentum with the different things we’re streaming and rolling out, and sort of building more and more opportunities to slowly get dancers onstage.”

Read more about the digital season here.

It’s Monday — keep on moving.


Metropolitan Diary: Jamming

Dear Diary:

I live in Apartment 2B. As I walked past 1B one day last winter, I heard someone playing the guitar.

I recognized the song as “Look at Miss Ohio,” but I had never met my downstairs neighbor and didn’t want to interrupt a practice session.

So, I scribbled a note on the back of an envelope that I had in my bag and slid it under the door. “If you ever want to jam with a fiddle player, come knock on 2B!” the note said.

Later, after I returned from visiting family, I found a note had been slipped under my door. It was a response from my neighbor, who had returned my letter wrapped in his.

We had four jam sessions early last year. Then, sadly, he moved out over the summer. Our new downstairs neighbors left us a note evvel, but it was just to tell us we walked too loudly.

— Isa Simon


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