New York City was digging out Monday (11 January) from the first heavy snowfall of the winter.
New York City was digging out Monday (11 January) from the first heavy snowfall of the winter. The storm blew into the city Sunday, disrupting air and road travel and creating the first "snow emergency" in almost a year.
The "snow emergency", declared by city officials, meant that parked cars had to be removed from major streets. During the emergency only vehicles with deep-tread snow-tires or with chains are permitted to use these streets which are marked with special signs.
The snow stopped in New York City shortly before midnight Sunday (10 January), after a fall that varied between five and nine inches in different sections.About 6,500 Sanitation Department employees were working on snow removal Monday, and 850 snow plows were being used to clear snow and slush from the streets. Public schools in the city were open as usual, but special schools for handicapped children were closed because of the snow.
Airports in the New York area had trouble with fog as well as the snow. Almost 300 inbound and outbound flights were cancelled or diverted at Kennedy International Airport alone. The snowfall caused a number of traffic accidents. Most of them were minor, but one woman was killed when a car driven by her father skidded into a building in Brooklyn.
The city ordinance providing for special "snow emergency" regulations has been used only twice before since it was passed, the last time on January 13, 1964.