N.Y.C. Weather: Snow Moves In as Cold Returns – The New York Times

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It’s Wednesday.

Weather: Snow is likely until late morning. See our extended forecast below.

Alternate-side parking: Suspended because of snow.

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Yesterday, the temperature in New York City reached 58 degrees. This morning, snow is falling.

This kind of shift in the weather may jolt New Yorkers, but it is somewhat common: When a dense pocket of cold air suddenly rumbles into a region, it can leave precipitation in its wake.

A wintry mix overnight had turned to snow before the morning commute. That created slushy conditions elsewhere, but New York City seemed mostly unaffected by the light snow. By 7 a.m., just two-tenths of an inch had fallen in Central Park, according to the National Weather Service.

Several inches may still accumulate by 11 a.m. in parts of the city, Long Island, Westchester County, northeastern New Jersey and southern Connecticut, according to the Weather Service. A winter weather advisory is in effect until then.

In the city, temperatures will hover in the mid-30s; that’s a little below average for early December.

So give yourself extra time to travel this morning. In a statement, the New York City Office of Emergency Management had warned of possible “messy road conditions,” though as of 8 a.m. traffic was moving smoothly on the city’s streets and bridges, and in tunnels. Metro North, Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit were running on or close to schedule.

In some suburbs north of the city, however, more than three inches of snow were on the ground. Several school districts there called two-hour delays.

Also this morning, low visibility meant that some flights into La Guardia Airport were delayed about an hour, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Tomorrow: It’ll be dry and cold, so bundle up. Temperatures will climb from the mid-20s — about 15 degrees below average for this time of year — into the low 30s.

Friday: Carry your umbrella (again). There is a chance of rain in the afternoon and evening. On the bright side, temperatures in the city could reach the upper 40s.

The weekend: With the cold front gone, temperatures may move into the 50s. The warmer air could bring rain on Saturday and into early Sunday.

This burst of winter weather was a result of cold air coming down from Canada, according to Faye Morrone, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in New York City. Before that air moved in, a pocket of warmer air from the south was in the region.

That is why it can feel as if we’re getting back-to-back hints of summer and winter.

Nicholas Carr, a meteorologist who works in a Weather Service office that covers parts of New Jersey, said that moving from near 60 degrees to snow was “certainly not unheard-of.”

In early October, temperatures in the area dropped from a scorching record high of 93 degrees down to the more reasonable (but still above-average) 63 in a single day.

At the time, Matthew Wunsch, also a meteorologist with the Weather Service, said about that kind of swing: “We’ll probably see it throughout the next two months.”

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The Times’s Rebecca Liebson writes:

Even if you’ve never heard of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, there’s a good chance you’ve seen her work on Instagram Stories.

Ms. Kusama’s most recent New York exhibition — which features one of her popular “infinity rooms,” with floor-to-ceiling mirrors — regularly draws lines with wait times of up to five hours.

If you don’t have time for the real thing, you might be able to catch a glimpse of “Accidental Yayoi” during your commute.

Three local artists — Thomas Shim, Bowook Yoon and Ha Jung Song — drew inspiration from Ms. Kusama’s works for the latest installment of their rogue art project “M.T.A. Museum.” The effort, which debuted last year, turns subway stations into gallery spaces by placing museum-style descriptive placards on ordinary objects like benches and metal fixtures.

[“M.T.A. Museum” celebrates everything dingy about the subway.]

This time, the rogue curators focused on stations near the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea, where Ms. Kusama’s “Every Day I Pray for Love” is on display through Saturday.

The placards — placed on a bright yellow safety line covered in spots of dirt and stuck to a green column with steel rivets — read: “This piece celebrates Yayoi Kusama’s obsession with polka-dots throughout her prolific career. New Yorker’s bodily secretions layered on the piece embodies the frustration and fury of those who endured the dreadful long line to see Yayoi’s N.Y.C. exhibition.”

The idea, Mr. Shim said, was for Ms. Kusama’s admirers to see the placards on their way to and from her exhibition.

“New Yorkers are busy,” he said. “We’re just constantly moving from Point A to Point B. We want our projects to surprise and delight people just going about their day.”

It’s Wednesday — find something surprising.


Dear Diary:

I was crossing the intersection at Houston and Crosby Streets when I was stopped by a woman who was holding a smartphone with both hands in front of her like a divining rod.

“Excuse me, but do you know where the Angelika Film Center is?” she asked. “The map on my phone has been taking me in circles.”

“Are you from around here?” I asked.


It was only two blocks away, and in the same direction that I was going, so I offered to walk there with her.

We made our way down Houston, squeezing through a throng of tourists as we passed Broadway, and I asked her what movie she planned to see.

“After the Wedding,” she said, adding that the star, Julianne Moore, was scheduled to answer questions after the screening.

“I made the trip up special, and am meeting my friend there,” the woman said.

“Where’d you come in from?” I asked.

“Brooklyn,” she said

— Josh Margolis

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