Friday, January 22, 2016

Blizzard Coming To NYC Tomorrow, Snow Forecast 12 - 18 Inches - Stay Safe And Warm On Roosevelt Island

Winter Is Coming to Roosevelt Island.

 2014  RIOC Plow Removing Snow From Roosevelt Island's Main Street

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Watch and hazardous travel advisory for our area beginning at 4 AM on Saturday, Jan. 23rd, until 12 PM Sunday, January 24th. The system is forecast to bring heavy snow along with strong and potentially damaging winds, and will create slick and hazardous travel conditions. Total snow accumulation is expected to be between 12-18 inches. Residents are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel. Please drive slowly, use major streets or highways, and keep the name and number of at least one local towing service. Pedestrians should avoid slippery surfaces, dress in layers, and maintain a heightened awareness of cars, especially when crossing intersections.

Trucks will be plowing and salting the roadways throughout the day and night in order to avert dangerous travel conditions. RIOC will be working to keep all areas clean for the duration of the storm. Expect delays in Red Bus and Tram service. Thank you for your cooperation while necessary preparations for the storm and subsequent snow removal are taking place.

We will be updating the community with important parking, facility closures, and other service changes throughout the storm, so please stay tuned.

To report any icy or other hazardous areas, please call the Public Safety Department at 212-832-4545 as soon as possible.

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The Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 PTA adds:
Our Saturday Family Dance is postponed in light of the Blizzard Watch issued by the US Weather Service. We are particularly concerned with the combination of wind and snow and the ability of school employees and vendors for the dance to safely get in and out of the city.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and will keep you updated on the revised date of the event. The tentative date for the Dance is February 27th.

Thank you for your support and understanding. Stay warm and safe!
Will post more information regarding the blizzard's impact on Roosevelt Island as it becomes available.

Stay tuned.

UDPATE 5:25 PM - RIOC adds:
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning citywide from 4 AM Saturday, Jan. 23rd to 12 PM Sunday, Jan. 24th. The current forecast calls for 12-18 inches of snow, accompanied by strong winds.

Please be advised that there is NO PARKING on Main St. or the East and West Roadways from Sat., Jan. 23rd at 12 AM to Mon., Jan. 25th at 12 PM, in order for snow preparation and subsequent removal to take place. Residents should move their cars off the roads as soon as possible.

Free parking will be available at the Motorgate Garage starting at 8 PM, Fri., Jan. 22nd. Please note that free parking is only for residents of the island. Proof of residency and vehicle registration must be presented upon entering. Vehicle must be registered to Roosevelt Island resident. Vehicles accommodated for snow emergency must be moved at 12 PM on Mon., Jan. 25th when Main Street reopens for parking. After that time standard Motorgate parking fees will apply. Please contact the Motorgate Garage at (212) 832-4585 or visit the Motorgate offices on the fourth floor if you have any additional questions.

Removing cars from the roadways in preparation for salting and plowing is essential for snow removal to take place. We thank you for your cooperation.
UPDATE 8:40 PM - From RIOC:
Due to the incoming storm, Sportspark will be closed this weekend, Saturday, January 23rd – Sunday, January 24th. A separate advisory will be issued once normal operating hours are scheduled to resume.
UPDATE 1/12 10:35 AM - From RIOC:
Due to the blizzard, all Roosevelt Island parks, including Four Freedoms Park, are closed today, Sat., Jan. 23rd. Advisories will be issued to update the public on future developments.
More Roosevelt Island Blizzard news and photos here.