WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – There was a literal, and figurative, calm before the storm for Westchester County travelers Wednesday, as airport and Metro-North officials brace for a Nor’easter that may drop as much as 18 inches of snow in parts of the county on Thursday.
A total of 10 to 14 inches of snow is now expected to fall Thursday across all of Westchester County after the National Weather Service increased its forecast snow totals late Wednesday afternoon. The extreme northwestern portion of Westchester could get as much 14 to 18 inches. Some areas further north and west could see even more snowfall.
On the rails, Metro-North will operate on a reduced-service schedule with some local and express trains being consolidated and making additional stops on Thursday. Expecting low ridership, approximately 75 percent of trains will be operational during the storm. Trains are expected to operate within 15 minutes of their normally scheduled times.
“I’ve got my work computer already, I’m not going in tomorrow. It’s supposed to be a mess out there,” Scarsdale commuter Seth Rosenberg said at the train station Wednesday. “Whenever it snows, all (heck) breaks loose and things are a mess, especially in the city.”
Several flights scheduled to arrive at the Westchester County Airport have already been cancelled, and mass cancellations are expected on Thursday, when the storm arrives. Any departing flights heading to an east coast destination was grounded, with just two flights, to Chicago and Orlando, taking off Wednesday night.
According to airport operations personnel, “we are hoping for the best, but expecting the worst.”
The winter weather also affected the Bee-Line bus system, which was operating on a 15-minute delay on Wednesday and will likely be slowed on Thursday when snow and ice begins accumulating at approximately 2 a.m.
“I literally only got my car out of the ice two days ago,” State Street resident Cara Smith lamented in New Rochelle. “Here we go again.”