N.Y.C. Weather: Winter Arrives Early, Possibly Bringing Snow – The New York Times

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It’s Tuesday.

Weather: Rain in the morning, with possible snow in the afternoon and gusty winds. Temperatures will plunge to the 30s by the afternoon and the mid-20s overnight.

Alternate-side parking: In effect until Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving).

Credit…Mike Segar/Reuters

Winter is still more than a month away, but New Yorkers are in for a cold snap this week that could bring wind chill temperatures in the single digits.

The forecast calls for our coldest weather so far this season. We could even see some records broken.

As a result of a cold front, temperatures are expected to drop into the 40s on Tuesday morning, with rain in the forecast, too.

[Read about the arctic blast sending much of the country into a deep freeze.]

With the mercury expected to plunge toward freezing by the afternoon, the rain could turn into the first snow of the season.

“We’re not really looking at accumulation in the city — it could be a brief period of lighter snow or could just end up as rain,” said Jay Engle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “But north and west of the city, we’ll get light amounts of snow.”

On Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service said the city could see less than a half inch of snow during the day.

The New York City Sanitation Department issued a snow alert for Tuesday.

Its commissioner, Kathryn Garcia, said at a news conference on Monday that the department was taking the forecast seriously, especially in light of the Nov. 15 snowstorm last year that took the city by surprise, leaving traffic snarled and thousands of commuters stranded.

The department will have 705 salt spreaders available beginning at around 6 a.m. If more than two inches of snow accumulates on roadways, the department will begin dispatching its fleet of 1,600 plow trucks.

Snow or not, it should get dry and windy by late afternoon, and by tonight temperatures in the city could dip into the mid-20s — some 25 degrees below the average and near a record low for the date.

With the wind chill, temperatures could dip into the single digits by early Wednesday morning, Mr. Engle said. Temperatures on Wednesday are expected to remain frigid, with a high in the mid-30s.

On Thursday, we should start to see a return to sanity, with temperatures climbing into the 40s, which would still be below normal for this time of year. By Friday, we could reach 50.

Governor Cuomo’s office is warning residents in western and northern New York State that there could be almost a foot of snow in some areas, creating treacherous driving conditions.

In Buffalo, 10.9 inches of snow had fallen at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport by Tuesday morning. Just on Monday, the city saw 8.7 inches of snowfall, setting a record for Nov. 11.

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The Mini Crossword: Here is today’s puzzle.

Seven years after Hurricane Sandy, the city has no anti-flooding plans for a major food distribution center situated on a low-lying peninsula in the Bronx. [The City]

The 13-year-old Broadway actress Laurel Griggs suffered a fatal asthma attack. [Page Six]

The latest person to die in a cycling accident in New York City was a professional wrestler from the Bronx. [Streetsblog]

Join the GenZ Girl Gang discussion on tech and access to higher education for all as part of the Galaxy Innovator Session at Samsung 837 in Manhattan. 5:30 p.m. [Free with R.S.V.P.]

An introduction to weaving class, led in Spanish, tackles the cultural significance of the craft, at the Queens Museum. 6:30 p.m. [Free with R.S.V.P.]

Attend the book talk “Bricks & Brownstone: The New York Row House” at the Brooklyn Historical Society. 6:30 p.m. [$10]

— Melissa Guerrero

Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages.

Countless New Yorkers have pondered the ubiquitous subway fliers for the mystic consultant named Keano.

“Discover the Mystery of the Psychic,” read Keano’s fliers, which bear an all-seeing eye in a white pyramid. “The Moon & Stars Can Be Yours.”

The fliers gnawed at Sam Kestenbaum: Who was Keano? Did he or she even exist?

A year ago, Mr. Kestenbaum, who writes about religion, began a search that led him, finally, to the elusive psychic, who was working out of a not-so-mystical storefront in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

[Keano is New York’s most famous and mysterious subway psychic. I found her.]

Keano, he wrote, was “no ironic meme or lofty concept artist, but a middle-aged woman in sleepy south Brooklyn, on the frayed edge of the law.”

Mr. Kestenbaum returned for numerous meetings with Keano, consuming candy and soda while they sat on the sidewalk in the afternoon sun — she on her gold-painted throne, he on a dingy foldout chair.

He finally got Keano’s interpretation of her fliers: “The eye is for seeing into the spirit. The moon is protection. The earth is for thinking victoriously.”

Keano was not exactly forthcoming, but in between paid readings, she occasionally revealed bits of positive general assessments of Mr. Kestenbaum’s life.

“Good vibes, good vibes,” she would say. “I’m getting good vibes.”

It’s Tuesday — chase some good energy.

Dear Diary:

Second cup in hand,
From my window perch
I see the bobbing umbrellas on 3rd.
And hear the drops on the window.

The rain gives its gifts —
Time to read editorial page letters,
Reason to watch morning news TV,
Cause to locate takeout menus.

The sun will return on Tuesday
With its own sack of parcels —
Appointments downtown, to-do lists,
Trains to catch and a park-bench lunch.

— Stephen J. Kudless

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