New York City may get six inches or more of snow, depending on the storm’s trajectory, though experts say it’s too early to tell

A “potentially paralyzing” storm is on track to hit the Northeast corridor this weekend — with the nation’s capital aligned to take the brunt of the bad weather. New York City and surrounding areas won’t be spared either, but meteorologists don’t think the Big Apple will get the full wallop. A blizzard watch is already in effect in D.C. and Baltimore and across parts of the mid-Atlantic where experts think the storm will do the most damage. The system began as a storm off the West Coast that has traveled inland across the Gulf States — and it will change into a classic winter storm when it mixes with the cold air gusting in off the Atlantic. It’s too early to know the final trajectory and strength of the storm, according to the National Weather Service. But there are three possible scenarios, its experts said. The most likely one puts the heaviest snowfall across eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and western Virginia, northern Maryland and southeast Pennsylvania, all of which could see 1 to 2 feet of snow. New York and southern New England could see snow in this scenario but the amount could vary greatly — anywhere from a few inches to six inches or more. The bigger threat would be coastal flooding at high tide from strong winds along Long Island, New Jersey, the Delmarva peninsula and western shore of the Chesapeake Bay on Friday night and Saturday. Another scenario has the storm approaching New York slowly and shifting toward the south. The Big Apple would be spared the heaviest snow fall totals if that happens. If the storm stays further west, there may be sleet and rain mixed with snow, especially in southern New Jersey. With News Wire Services Continue Reading

New York City travel ban lifted, subways to reopen after blizzard spares city — but Long Island, New England hit hard (VIDEO)

The storm of the century it did not prove to be — at least not in New York City, where Gov. Cuomo lifted travel bans Tuesday morning and announced the reopening of the subway system. Cuomo lifted the roadway travel prohibition, effective 7:30 a.m., in New York City, Nassau County and in several upstate counties. Roadways have also been reopened in New Jersey.  The city's subways will reopen at 9 a.m., Cuomo said at a Tuesday morning press conference. By noon, the system will be running on a Sunday schedule, which is about 60% of weekday service. LIVE BLOG: Up-to-the-minute blizzard coverage and photos from the New York Daily News team In Suffolk County, which took a direct hit from the blizzard, roadways were also opened after 8 a.m. When asked during a telephone interview on CNN on Tuesday whether the precautions were overkill, Cuomo responded: "Better safe than sorry." "The last thing I want to do is close roads," he said. "We’ve been in situations before where we’ve lost lives. This is nothing to trifle with." He added that the subway system will be back online faster because it was closed overnight and trains were not exposed to ice and snow. New York City got roughly 6 inches of snow by Tuesday morning, far short of the 2 feet that had been forecasted. But the storm slammed eastern Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. "The tip of Long Island gets especially hard-hit," Cuomo said. "Long Island was very badly hit." Many parts of Long Island had already recorded more than a foot of snow. The National Weather downgraded blizzard warnings to winter storm warnings for the five boroughs on Tuesday morning. Suffolk County remains under a blizzard watch. Overnight, with the roadways closed, snowplows raced up city streets with little resistance while the bulk of the powerful blizzard churned harmlessly off the Long Island Continue Reading

Another storm will add to New York City’s snow totals

Say it ain't snow! New York City has seen double its average snow totals so far this winter — and more is on the way. A winter storm expected to hit the city Wednesday night has forecasters predicting at least 6 more inches of snow. Still, this winter has nothing on the 2010-2011 season. A total of 41.5 inches of snow has fallen since Oct. 1. But the winter three years ago yielded 61.9 inches. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Help name New York Aquarium’s baby Pacific walrus

Better brush up on your Yupik.A Pacific walrus weighing 250 pounds has been born at the New York Aquarium - and officials want the public to name him.The catch is that you've got just four choices and they all have to be in the Siberian Yupik language, which is spoken in the Russian Far East and on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.The playful calf - which eats 70 pounds of fish a day - was born June 12. He gains up to 3 pounds a day while noshing on herring, capelin and squid and frolicking at Sea Cliffs, a rocky ocean-edge habitat at the Coney Island, Brooklyn, aquarium."This baby is a genius," said Kate Mcclave, curator of aquatic health sciences and living systems. "He's fantastic."His mom is Kulusiq, a 13-year-old weighing 1,800 pounds. The proud papa is Ayveq, who's 12 feet long and tips the scales at 2,700 pounds. They've been at the aquarium since 1994, when they were rescued off St. Lawrence Island.Voting has started, and you can cast your ballot at The names to pick from are: Utvak (ice made from snow or ice cube); Ukiivak (king island); Utumek (earth) and Akituusaq (gift given in return.) The winning name will be announced Oct. 12 on the "Today" show. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading


Every year, we get a few days like this - days so hot it feels as if the rivers and harbors around New York are a giant kettle and we're the egg in the middle, being poached. This is weather when the toughest among us abandon our cavalier facade of adaptability and dive into any place that promises either air conditioning or air that moves enough so our beads of perspiration don't grow to the size of kalamata olives. Over the years, New Yorkers have developed a sense for places to visit when you're not fortunate enough to spend 24 hours in a mfortably climate-controlled office or home. Some of them are places we go all the time anyway. Others are heat- specific. People who don't know Leonardo Da Vinci from Leonardo DiCaprio may duck into the Metropolitan Museum, for instance, just because it looks like the kind of place that's air-conditioned. It is. But there is a $15 recommended admission charge for adults, which brings up another, larger question. Exactly where can New Yorkers get value for their cooling-off dollar? So here are 25 locations, scenarios and products that'll help keep your cool without burning a huge hole in your wallet. Our criteria were simple: balancing cost with quality-of-cool. 1 1 KINGS PLAZA & MANHATTAN MALLS COST: Free LENGTH OF COOL: All day. DOWNSIDE: If you're browsing, mall stores can get redundant fast. If you're buying, they can get expensive. If you're doing neither, it's pretty boring. What's the point of eating ice cream where it's already cool? UPSIDE: When your a. c. is blasting at night, you may find yourself reaching for extra covers. Conveniently, Macy's at Kings Plaza is having a sale on bedding in its home department. At Manhattan Mall, NY Shades is selling two pairs of sunglasses for just $22. 2 BAGS OF ICE IN YOUR POCKETS COST: Box of 20 quart-size Ziploc bags, $2. 89. Ice, free from most freezers. LENGTH OF COOL: 30 minutes before the ice melts. HOURLY COST Continue Reading

The New York Jets Flight Crew heat things up in sun-kissed paradise for swimsuit calendar shoot

While the Jets are busy retooling their roster with an eye on next year’s Super Bowl in San Francisco, their cheerleaders have already touched down in a much more exotic location. Thirteen members of the Jets Flight Crew landed in the sun-kissed paradise of Turks and Caicos to be photographed for the all-star cheer squad’s 2016 swimsuit calendar. The mid-80s temperatures were about 50 degrees warmer than the weather they left behind in New York last week. “I kept sending pictures back to New York and (my family) in Massachusetts,” said Brie, a four-year veteran. “They answered back, ‘It’s snowing here. Can you stop?’” “I did my photo shoot on the side of an island highway, where I was simulating hitchhiking,” said fellow Flight Crew member Hali, a dancer from Colorado. “School children would walk by and I was trying to cover myself up so they didn’t see too much.” She said her photo shoot might have gone smoother — if her co-worker wasn’t such a divo. “I had a puppy on a leash and he was not having it,” Hali said, laughing about her canine co-star, Coral Reef. “He wanted to run around and play. His brother was a little sleepier and more professional.” As invigorating as it was to score fun time on the beach, Brie said she can’t wait to get back to work on a new season — particularly since her family in Patriots country has become insufferable with their trash talk. Now, though, her Jets have cornerback Darrelle Revis ... and the Patriots don’t. “Thanksgiving there is rough for a Jets fan,” she says. “But I’m going to get them back.” HERE'S HOW TO JOIN THE TEAM! Looking to score a berth on the Jets Flight Crew? The squad is holding auditions at MetLife Stadium on April 11, Continue Reading

Snowden’s snow job: His New York Times Op-Ed ignores some basic facts

The headline of Edward Snowden’s dispatch to the New York Times from exile in Russia declared “The World Says No to Surveillance.” The top-secret leaker to end all leakers published the article as something of a victory lap, two years to the day after he disclosed that the U.S. was keeping tabs on telephone metadata. For a moment, try to get past the flaming hypocrisy of the MOSCOW dateline, given that, in Vladimir Putin’s empire, laws enable total monitoring, without warrants, of any communication. Does the world really say no to surveillance? Legal wiretaps routinely take down criminals. Legal Internet snooping catches child predators. Aggressive CIA and NSA snooping, by satellites and drones and spies, disrupts terror plots, and Americans wouldn’t have it any other way. London is blanketed with more than 400,000 security cameras. New York City, 6,000. They provide security and comfort. In a CNN poll, 61% of Americans urged renewal of Patriot Act provisions to continue the needle-in-a-huge-haystack hunt for terrorists. That’s why, after all the hullabaloo over Snowden’s revelations, Congress went only so far as to shift custody of the information from the NSA to phone companies. We spy a wishful thinker who’s posing as a revolutionary. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

McLaren Sports Series gets drifty in the snow before the 2015 New York Auto Show

Everyone's moving into the premium sports car market these days. With staples like the Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, and Mercedes-AMG GT selling like mad, other automakers want a piece of the pie. McLaren's entry-level sports car, dubbed the "Sports Series," is on its way to the U.S. market to try to capture some of those sales, but it stopped for a bit to have some fun in the snow. In this short but entertaining video, McLaren gives us our best look yet at the upcoming sports car that will make its international debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show next month. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE. From the sound of it, the Sports Series will probably house a V-6 mid-ship, likely with the help of a turbocharger or two to push horsepower to 500+. A V-6 is a logical move from the British automaker, as the current Formula 1 regulations require all teams to use turbocharged V-6s, so McLaren should be used to the concept by now. The Daily News Autos team will be there in full force to cover our hometown auto show, and if Detroit and Geneva are anything to go by, we should be in for some exciting debuts. Continue Reading

SEE IT: De Blasio pokes fun of New York City pot law, snowstorm shutdowns in Inner Circle charity video

New York City Hall is going to pot. Mayor de Blasio jokes about persistent rumors of his marijuana use in a new video promoting the Inner Circle charity show. In the video, de Blasio tries to wriggle out of his traditional appearance in the annual show, in which reporters put on comedic skits at the mayor's expense and he responds with an act of his own. De Blasio frets: "I'm too tall for dancing. It's not my fault." A staffer offers to bring in an impersonator to take his place — comedian Henry Zebrowski, a bearded redhead who bears no resemblance to the mayor. Putting his stand-in to the test, de Blasio warns, "They're gonna say you shut down the city for a fake blizzard" — a reference to the January storm that ended up fizzling out. "Uh, I gave everybody a snow day. Who doesn't like a day off?" Zebrowski replies. Then the mayor asks in a loud whisper, "What about the whole marijuana thing?" The impersonator says he's got that covered: "Totally, yeah, I got 25 grams in my bag outside if you wanna go spark it," he says, in a dig on de Blasio's new policy to let people caught with 25 grams or less of pot off with a summons. When the mayor clarifies he wants to know what his stand-in will say in response to questions about the marijuana issue, the impersonator deadpans, "I will say that I just ran out." With that, de Blasio decides to give him the gig, and excitedly announces, "Book me a ticket to Cuba. I'm gonna tell Fidel all about this!" The show is scheduled March 28. Continue Reading

New York City could see snow Friday — the first day of spring

Friday may be the first day of spring, but don't pack your winter boots away just yet. New York City could see up to 2 inches of snow on Friday as a cold front brings temperatures down into the 20s, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service. The chilly blast began Wednesday morning, when parts of the city saw scattered flurries. Artic air will across the Northeast throughout the day: highs won't break 30 degrees in much of New England, The Weather Channel reported. The winter system will continue into Thursday, dropping New York's lows into the mid-20s overnight. Throughout Friday — the spring equinox and the official first day of spring — the storm will dump between 1 and 2 inches of snow on the city. New England will also see snow, including Boston, which has already set a record for snowfall this year. The same storm will dump a wintry mix on Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jersey. The cold weather will last through the weekend, forecasters predicted. Northern New England could see even more snow on Saturday and temperatures will stay in the 30s on Sunday in New York. Continue Reading