Snow on the way

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

January 2, 2014 1:27:58 PM PST
So how bad will it be, really? That question this morning from a long-time neighbor in my building, inquiring about the Nor'easter that will arrive with a vengeance tonight.

Yes, I told her, we're getting snow, and in some parts of the tri-state, a lot of snow.

There's a blizzard warning on Long Island, and there's a real concern that the major roads on the island will be shutdown sooner rather than later. Remember last February's blizzard, when the Long Island Expressway was shut down as cars were stranded for hours? Gov. Cuomo says he does not want a repeat of that and so, prophylactically, the roads might be closed early. We'll see.

The coming storm is also providing New York's new Mayor with his first challenge, on his second day on the job. The City expected to get at least 5 inches, and Mayor de Blasio today, in a strange interweaving of campaign rhetoric and what could be his management style, seemed to imply that he will focus snow removal equally in all the boroughs. Of course the hard truth is that more people work in Manhattan than in any other borough - by a huge margin - and, because Manhattan is the economic engine that drives the city, state and a large chunk of the country, getting Manhattan up and running is, understandably, a huge priority. We saw that after Superstorm Sandy. You can clear all the so-called outer boros you want, but unless they can get to where they work, it doesn't matter. Clearly everything should be the goal. I'm just sayin'.

We have 7 reporters on call for tonight to cover this storm. And our coverage will be led by Meteorologists Jeff Smith and Amy Freeze, in for Lee Goldberg, who is on a well-deserved and long-planned family vacation. (And, so typical of my pal Lee, he has been tracking the storm and posting the latest forecasts all over social media!) We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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