Even more snow coming to New York City this week
After being slammed with over half a foot of snow Monday, forecasters predict even more coming to New York City.
“We are facing not one, not two but three storms potentially this week,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a briefing Monday.
New snow and sleet accumulation could reach up to 3 inches Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.
A winter storm watch was issued from late Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon. The weather service also said there is also a chance of snow from Friday night to Sunday.
This winter has been particularly snowy for the city.
Last month, Central Park had the seventh snowiest January since 1870, according to the National Weather Service.
Through Jan. 29, the park saw 19.7 inches of snow last month, just 1.3 less inches than the typical winter snowfall during December, January and February combined.
The park recorded 28.3 inches of snow Nov. 1 through Jan. 29, some 2.5 inches more than the normal snowfall for that area between November and April.
By 6 p.m. Monday, 8 inches of snow accumulated in parts of the city.
The mayor said Monday’s storm is likely the worst of the three this week, but assured that the city has “a very aggressive plowing operation.”
The city has roughly 175,000 tons of rock salt on hand for use Monday and in upcoming storms.
“We are actively addressing this storm while preparing for the next two,” de Blasio said.
De Blasio said his administration implemented immediate changes following a review of the city’s response to the most recent storm, which was criticized by several neighborhoods around the city.
The Department of Sanitation now has access to NYPD cameras to improve resource distribution. Employees in various city agencies will also be used as scouts to identify troubled locations in the five boroughs.
New routing for snow removal is also in the works.
While he insisted the city is doing their best to clear streets, de Blasio said he can understand why some New Yorkers have been frustrated with plowing efforts.
“I don’t ever expect my fellow New Yorkers to be patient, I don’t think that’s part of our nature or our character,” the mayor said.
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