As snow continues to fall, Mayor de Blasio has issued a state of emergency, and a winter storm warning will stay in effect until 6am Tuesday. Most flights have been cancelled, and schools and COVID vaccine sites are closed.
The city could be hit with over 20 inches of snow, which would make Winter Storm Orlena tied for the fourth largest snowfall in NYC history.
So just to be clear, the new forecast for NYC of 21″ would equal the snow that fell in the Blizzard of 1888 and tie the 4th largest snowfall in NYC history! pic.twitter.com/FddGvzAxKU
— Bill Karins (@BillKarins) January 31, 2021
Snow is also falling at rates as high as 3 inches per hour, with heavy winds making travel conditions difficult or close to impossible. As of writing, Central Park has been hit with over 5 inches of snow. It sure is pretty though.
The MTA will also be suspending above ground subways starting at 2pm.