A fourth nor'easter is expected to slam the New York area.


NYC Schools Closed Wednesday As Fourth Nor’easter This Month Could Dump A Foot Of Snow On The Tri-State

March 20, 2018 - 5:48 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City public schools will be closed Wednesday as another nor'easter, the fourth this month, is expected to arrive in the Tri-State area on Tuesday night.

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It's expected to be a storm of long duration, with the first part bringing a wintry mix Tuesday afternoon and into Tuesday night. The second part of the storm will kick in on Wednesday, when it starts snowing heavily in the afternoon and into early evening. Winds will pick up and gust to 45 mph with power interruptions possible.

When it's all said and done there's the potential for 12 to 15 inches in the city, de Blasio said.

He said much of the snow is expected to fall during the school day hours, and thus, schools will be closed.

Alternate side parking is also suspended Wednesday and Thursday, according to the mayor.

Officials emphasized that just because it is technically spring does not mean the storm will be easy going.

“We want to get out to the public that there is a potential here – you could have whiteout conditions tomorrow,” said Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Esposito. “They’re talking about 1 to 2 inches per hour; winds up to 45 miles per hour gusts.”

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said nearly 700 salt spreaders and 1,600 plows are at the ready.

“Big winter storms in New York City in spring are not that unusual,” Garcia said. “I think that people at this point are perhaps just a little bit tired of winter weather, though.”

Anthony told 1010 WINS' John Montone he's ready for spring.

"Some warm weather, maybe planting, planting some flowers," he said.

Dwayne from the Bronx had big plans too.

"Relaxing, barbecuing, and stuff like that, doing regular spring stuff, wearing shorts and short shirts, but unfortunately it looks like spring ain't coming no time soon," he said.

Another man wondered if we weren't far off from frozen summers and hot winters.

The New York area has been slammed by winter weather this March, causing thousands to lose power and endure lenghty waits for its return. The situation became so bad that Senators Schumer and Gillibrand reprimanded utility companies and demanded action earlier this month.

“While these storms resulted in widespread damage, dangerous roads and conditions, downed trees, and power outages across the Northeast, it is unacceptable that many of our constituents have been without power for a week, and potentially will remain without power for even longer,” the senators wrote in a letter to Con Ed and NYSEG.

Mike Cresta in Somers knows exactly what the senators were writing about. He went 5 days without power after an earlier nor'easter ripped through power lines in the area.

"I hate it, I hate it. This is the worst winter, I've been living here for 25 years, never seen anything like it," he said.

Con Ed and NYSEG left some customers in the dark for a week. Nancy hopes it doesn't happen again.

"I'm hoping for the best, hoping NYSEG does their job this time," she said.

One person said all the trees in danger of falling on wires are probably down already.

Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Esposito said he isn't sure what to expect in New York City.

"If it goes a couple of degrees above freezing, you'll get that slushy, heavy snow, if it goes lower then you're gonna see more accumulation on the street. So it's still a lot of uncertainty with the forecast," he said.

Whatever comes, Esposito said the city will be ready.

In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy said he was considering declaring a state of emergency around midnight.

"We are closely watching the situation, and we have the personnel and equipment ready to move to get us through this," Murphy said.

Murphy said utilities are preparing to bring in line workers from other states in case of widespread outages.