The MTA reports that all Long Island Rail Road lines are currently running according to their regular weekday schedules, but warns cancellations are to be expected as weather conditions worsen. Commuters traveling on New York City Transit, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North are encouraged to stay home, if possible, MTA officials said. For those who do insist on traveling today, the MTA encourages commuters to sign up for free email and text alerts to keep them abreast of any service changes or cancellations.
NICE Bus reports that, as of 7:14 a.m., all bus routes are currently running and that while roads are slick, they are currently passable. However, NICE Bus noted that they will be monitoring the developing snow storm carefully and will be working with local and state authorities. Based upon road conditions, passengers should expect major delays, service modifications, detours and the potential of service suspension by early afternoon. North Shore routes will become particularly difficult as the storm progresses, NICE officials said.
Suffolk Transit reports that all fixed route service as well as SCAT (assisted transportation) service is suspended for the entire day today; they presently expect to resume normal service on Wednesday, 3/15. However, Suffolk Transit officials stated that riders should check the Suffolk County website in the afternoon to confirm that service will be restored starting Wednesday morning.
The blizzard has also caused schools across Long Island to close for the day.
The NWS is noting that current snowfall rates are falling within 2 to 4 inches per hour, with Northeast winds hitting at 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph, resulting in whiteout conditions and near-zero visibility at times; temperatures will remain in the upper 20’s. All local authorities are encouraging residents to remain at home for the duration of the storm.