Near blizzard conditions possible as coastal storm zeros in on New York City


The coastal storm we reported on yesterday has grown more clearly defined. The National Weather Service upgraded the “Watch” to a “Warning” with concerning details. Closings and parking restrictions below.

by David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

The Coastal Storm, According to the National Weather Service:

“Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. Near blizzard conditions are possible for a period on Saturday.”

First flakes may begin as early as 7:00 p.m. today before intensifying overnight and into Saturday. The warning expires at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.


Because the storm hits on a weekend, it won’t force as many closings and cancellations, but the Farmers Market is a major knockout for Saturday. It was first announced by the Roosevelt Islander blog.

RIOC warned about disruptions in Tram and Red bus services as the coastal storm brings heavy snow along with high winds.

The NYC Ferry also said its routes face cancellations and delays if the weather is as bad as predicted.

Parking on Roosevelt Island

Using a tired old, inaccurate and illiterate template instead of anything fresh and informed, RIOC fumbled through parking restrictions. Their alleged Communications Team, operating out of somewhere in New Jersey, said Main Street parking will be prohibited, from the Tram Plaza north to the FDNY turnaround across from Jack McManus Field.

For relief, RIOC will open up parking spaces in the lot behind Coler Rehabilitation Hospital. Stay on Main Street after passing The Octagon to get there. There’s a Red Bus stop outside The Octagon for help getting back into the central community.

If you have handicapped plates or a placard, you can use space under the Roosevelt Island Bridge Helix as long as it’s available. Access that using unmarked roads on either side of Capobianco Field across from PS/IS217.

Finally, RIOC says, “…meter fees will be suspended at all Cornell Tech campus parking.” There is no such thing as “campus parking.” Cornell Tech has never provided on campus parking. We believe, however, that the alleged Communications Team means Main Street parking outside the campus, south of the Tram Plaza.

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