LIRR may shut you down in the snow

LIRR workers clear snow from the Baldwin station platform.

Ten and 13 are the unlucky numbers for LIRR riders.

If snowfall reaches 10 to 13 inches, the LIRR may shut down parts of or entire lines as train switches and signals freeze and heavy winds blow snow onto the tracks. The preventative move would keep trains from getting stuck and allow crews to clear tracks quicker.

“Ten to 13 inches is where the bells and whistles start going off,” said LIRR spokesperson Sal Arena.

And for those who transfer to subways in the city, take note: For years, the highest alert system the MTA used in snow was Level 4, but the Dec. 26 blizzard forced the MTA to rethink their emergency preparedness. Yesterday, the agency unveiled Level 5, a drastic measure that would entail service shutdowns on subway lines.

But not everyone agreed the MTA should be so quick to close entire lines.

“Limited service is a last resort,” said MTA Board member Ira Greenberg. “When people can’t get to work, it’s a severe impact on employers.”

Today’s commute

In anticipation of the snowfall overnight, the LIRR canceled 14 of the
143 westbound trains into Manhattan this morning. Buses replaced train
service east of Speonk on the Montauk branch and east of Ronkonkoma on
the Main Line to Greenport.

Do’s and Don’ts

DO …

»  A few warm-up exercises before shoveling snow, and take frequent breaks.
»  Lift with your legs, never with your back.
» Drive on major routes. They are cleared and treated first.
» If you must drive, dress as if you were going to be stranded. It can get very cold in a car on the side of a road waiting for help. Pack extra blankets.
» Prepare for power outages. Make sure you have candles, emergency food supplies and a battery-operated radio.

» Shovel snow if you have a history of heart trouble or difficulty breathing.
» Travel in a blizzard. Look for a hotel or stay off the road until conditions are safe again.
» Use cruise control in slippery or icy conditions, you won’t have total control over your car.
» Drive in four-wheel-drive. It will get you going faster, but it does not provide an advantage in stopping.
» Change lanes while driving. Changing lanes over built-up snow may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.


Mayor announces public housing improvements

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem on Wednesday, calling for the scaffolding to come down at NYCHA complexes across…


Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…


Bratton defends 'broken windows' work as NYPD support…

Sixty percent of those polled said they support the "broken windows" theory approach popularized by Commissioner Bratton since his first term in the 1990s.


Transit changes for Labor Day weekend

The MTA is adding additional service Friday for New Yorkers getting out of the city for the long weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29, 27 additional…


'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season…

Season 11’s top four dancers gave their final performances before America’s Favorite Dancers are announced next week.

Going Out

Things to do this week in NYC, Aug.…

MUSIC The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees…

Going Out

5 things to do this weekend in NYC

The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees expected. David Guetta,…


'Full House' might be relaunched with some of…

A new "Full House" might be in the works.


Mario Manningham on the bubble as Giants play…

Former Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham hopes his second go-around with Big Blue doesn’t end with Saturday’s final cut day.


Source: Stephen Hill 'faces a battle' to make…

A team source says Stephen Hill, who has battled injuries and poor performances during his first two years, is no lock to make the Jets’ final roster.


Serena Williams leaving legacy of talented American women…

It seems only a matter of when, not if, Serena Williams will win her 18th career grand slam championship.


When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.


Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…


Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…


The 10 types of people you meet online

Does it ever seem like online dating profiles tend to get a little repetitive? It turns out you are not the only one to have…


Labor Day essentials

Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or barbecuing in the park here are some must-haves for your end-of-summer bash.