New York City braces for Nemo's winter impact
New York's mild winter is about to get a lot more intense.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the city beginning Friday afternoon and lasting until 1 p.m. on Saturday that will dump anywhere from 10 to 14 inches of snow on the five boroughs.
News of the storm, which the NWS dubbed Nemo, sent some New Yorkers into panic mode as they scrambled to stores to stock up on food, shovels and other supplies. Nearly 3,000 flights in the region were canceled as of Thursday evening.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday that the city is prepared for the first major weather event since Sandy.
"Having it happen overnight Friday into Saturday is probably as good timing as we could have because the sanitation department then has the advantage of being able to clean the streets," he said at a news conference.
City plows and salt trucks will begin operating Friday and the department will include an online tracker at nyc.gov that allows residents to see the positions of the trucks. Alternate side parking will be suspended to assist the sanitation efforts.
Aside from the snow and 45-mph wind gusts, which could result in fallen trees, forecasters issued a coastal flood warning for Northern Queens and the Bronx.
The tidal surge will be between 3 to 5 feet with strong waves and may hit many neighborhoods still reeling from Sandy.
"When you hear two [snow] storms coming together, and you think of Sandy, you kind of roll your eyes and say 'Enough already,' " said Dan Mundy Jr., a Broad Channel resident.
Chuck Reichenthal, district manager of Community Board 13 in Brooklyn, which covers Coney Island, Gravesend, Seagate and Brighton Beach, said his residents are also preparing for the worst.
The district manager said he's less worried about additional damage to Sandy-stricken homes than he is about a delay in rebuilding those properties.