27 Nov 2013 01:19 AM EST
-by Samantha Wilson, Assistant Editor; Image: a New York City rainstorm (Image Source: Tony Hisgett/Wikimedia Commons)
Winter Storm Boreas trudged into New York Tuesday night, hitting the city with high-force rains, harsh winds and freezing temperatures that will carry on through the night to Wednesday, the most inconvenient time possible: the busiest travel day of the year.
Thanksgiving travelers scrambled on Tuesday to book earlier flights, hoping to beat the storm before it arrived; while as of now there were no major travel delays reported at area airports, that fact is likely to change overnight and in the early morning – the time when experts predict the worst part of the storm will hit.
A wind advisory is in effect for New York City, Westchester County, and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut from midnight until Wednesday at 9:00am. New York City will likely miss the snow that has hit the Midwest as part of this winter storm, but the northern and western suburbs are expected to experience icy conditions. The storm should pass by Thanksgiving Day completely, clearing up Wednesday evening.
Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware, a global flight-tracking device, asserted that while many airlines will experience delays during the travel holiday, there will be few, if any outright cancellations; the severe rain and winds could cause a “ripple effect,” however, on both treacherous and delayed road and air conditions.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo advised travelers on the road to take caution as they head out to celebrate this holiday season.
“As New Yorkers are beginning to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, we are also preparing for the first major winter storm of the year which is expected to bring snow and ice to communities across the state,” Cuomo said. “Recognizing that the harsh weather as well as the increased use of roadways has the potential to cause serious inconvenience for motorists, I have directed the state’s transportation agencies to take all necessary preparations to be ready to clear roadways as quickly as possible.”
The MTA is heeding his warnings, taking extra precautions – such as installing extra drainage pipes in case of flooding and bringing on extra personnel – to ensure that the NYC subway system, the Long Island Railroad, the Metro-North Railroad and all bridges and tunnels will be as secure and running as efficiently as possible during inclement weather.
For up to date information on possible service changes due to winter storm conditions, check out the MTA’s Winter Weather Guide here.