Surprisingly, Dreaded Winter Storm Spares NYC; Subways Re-Open; New England Hit Especially Hard

Tara McLaughlin and her dog, Archie, gamboled in the snow at Broadway and West 107th Street. (Ángel Franco/The New York Times)
Tara McLaughlin and her dog, Archie, gamboled in the snow at Broadway and West 107th Street. (Ángel Franco/The New York Times)

The storm of the century it did not prove to be — at least not in New York City, where Gov. Cuomo lifted travel bans Tuesday morning and announced the reopening of the subway system.

Cuomo lifted the roadway travel prohibition, effective 7:30 a.m., in New York City, Nassau County and in several upstate counties. Roadways have also been reopened in New Jersey.

The city’s subways will reopen at 9 a.m., Cuomo said at a Tuesday morning press conference. By noon, the system will be running on a Sunday schedule, which is about 60% of weekday service.

In Suffolk County, which took a direct hit from the blizzard, roadways were also opened after 8 a.m.

When asked during a telephone interview on CNN on Tuesday whether the precautions were overkill, Cuomo responded: “Better safe than sorry.”

“The last thing I want to do is close roads,” he said. “We’ve been in situations before where we’ve lost lives. This is nothing to trifle with.”

He added that the subway system will be back online faster because it was closed overnight and trains were not exposed to ice and snow.

New York City got roughly 6 inches of snow by Tuesday morning, far short of the 2 feet that had been forecasted.

When asked during a telephone interview on CNN on Tuesday whether the precautions were overkill, Cuomo responded: “Better safe than sorry.”

“The last thing I want to do is close roads,” he said. “We’ve been in situations before where we’ve lost lives. This is nothing to trifle with.”

He added that the subway system will be back online faster because it was closed overnight and trains were not exposed to ice and snow.

New York City got roughly 6 inches of snow by Tuesday morning, far short of the 2 feet that had been forecasted.

But the storm slammed eastern Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

“The tip of Long Island gets especially hard-hit,” Cuomo said. “Long Island was very badly hit.”

Many parts of Long Island had already recorded more than a foot of snow.

The National Weather downgraded blizzard warnings to winter storm warnings for the five boroughs on Tuesday morning. Suffolk County remains under a blizzard watch.

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SOURCE: New York Daily News
Jason Molinet, Meg Wagner

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