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Nor’easter: Will NYC public schools be closed?

Posted: 11:38 AM, Mar 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-06 18:09:20-05

NEW YORK — New York City schools will be open on Wednesday during the predicted nor'easter, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Tuesday evening.

He said the decision was made after reviewing the latest forecasts, which have downgraded snowfall totals in the five boroughs.

The mayor did say, however, that he'll continue to monitor the forecasts throughout the night should anything chance.

"After receiving the latest forecasts, we will keep @NYCSchools open tomorrow Wednesday, March 7. We will continue to monitor forecasts throughout the night," de Blasio tweeted shortly after 6 p.m.

A spokesman for the mayor said his office will keeping a "very close eye" on the storm's progress.

Several schools districts in the tri-state began  posting closures  Tuesday afternoon ahead of the storm's arrival (see the growing list at the bottom of this article).

The nor'eater is expected to be an all-day event, with rain starting after midnight Wednesday and changing over to snow in time for the morning commute.

The heaviest snow is expected to fall during the day and into the evening rush-hour. Snow rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible, mostly north and west of New York City.

While the track of the nor'easter can still vary, as of Tuesday afternoon it appears to be tracking closer to the coast, which means more rain than snow for the city and Long Island.

Projected accumulations have been knocked down in some areas from earlier predictions.

Total accumulations will range from 4 to 8 inches in New York City and Long Island can expect 1 to 4 inches, down from 6 to 12 inches for those areas.

New Jersey, however, is still expected to receive up to or more than 12 inches of snowfall.

In January, NYC schools were closed for a day in anticipation of a storm forecast to dump 6 to 8 inches of snow in the city, and potentially more than a foot in areas outside the city, particularly to the east.

Up to a foot of snow ultimately fell in parts of the city, and when schools reopened the following day, more than 165,000 people signed a petition to keep them closed for a second day, with some noting freezing temperatures and others saying plows had not yet reached their areas.

The map below will automatically update if or when schools begin to post closings.

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