New York Today: N.Y. Today: Brace Yourselves for Snow, Sleet and Freezing Rain

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It’s Tuesday.

Alternate-side parking: Suspended today for Lincoln’s Birthday, back in effect tomorrow.

Since November, the city has seen only 1.1 inches of snow.CreditJohn Taggart for The New York Times

We apologize in advance for your commute this morning — and this evening, too.

Today will feature snow, sleet, freezing rain, regular rain — everything but locusts and boils. If it’s not snowing yet, it will be shortly: four inches is forecast for most of the city, a bit less in Queens and Brooklyn.

Northern and western suburbs could get half a foot.

The snow will mix with sleet starting around midmorning, as temperatures hover near freezing. Things could get very slippery, so be careful and allow extra time to get anywhere.

At some point rain will wash it all away, but possibly not till tonight.

“It could be two messy rush hours,” Joseph Esposito, the head of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, said.

If you’ve grown skeptical of snow forecasts, we understand. Since the surprise November storm, the city has seen only 1.1 inches of snow. The hyped-up mid-January storm delivered a grand total of 0.7 inches.

But after getting caught off guard in November, officials are taking no chances. Mr. Esposito said he was ready for a foot of snow.

“We’re prepared for the worst right now,” he said.

The rain will taper off overnight, and the sun may peek out tomorrow.

CreditRick Loomis for The New York Times

Animal cruelty charges for an upstate couple: One of their dogs was found frozen to the floor of their mobile home. [WKBW Buffalo]

Two Catholic schools will close in June: Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Academy in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, and Saint Camillus Catholic Academy in Rockaway, Queens. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]

Maybe Lombardi’s isn’t the first pizzeria in America: Food for thought at a lecture this month at the United States Pizza Museum in Chicago. [Eater NY]

“Public Enemy Turnpike”: An activist wants part of the Babylon Turnpike renamed after the legendary hip-hop group. [Gothamist]

A screening of “1968 — Photographic Acts,” followed by a discussion with the director Auberi Edler and the film’s subject, MaryAnne Golon, at the Bronx Documentary Center. 7 p.m. [Free with R.S.V.P.]

A lesson on aromatherapy and how to find the perfect scent, at the Japan Society. 6:30 p.m. [$15]

A poetry reading and conversation about black people’s contribution to downtown New York at 6 River Terrace, Battery Park City. 7 p.m. [Free]

— Elisha Brown

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.

Two Nederlandse kooikerhondjes, left, and a grand basset griffon Vendéen prepared to compete.CreditMary Altaffer/Associated Press

The Nederlandse kooikerhondjes and the grand basset griffon Vendéens? Who let these dogs in?

The two breeds are competing in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for the first time.

The 143rd annual contest, which began yesterday and culminates in the best-in-show tonight, features 2,800 dogs from 203 breeds and varieties.

[Check out our photos and analysis from the Westminster Dog Show.]

The Nederlandse kooikerhondje (pronounced koi-ker-hond-yuh) is an old breed that appears in Dutch paintings as far back as the 17th century.

The United States welcomed its first litter of the breed in the late 1990s, and the breed’s parent club estimates there are now about 500 of the dogs around the country. The dogs, seven of which are competing this year in the sporting group, are known to be friendly, lively and agile.

The grand basset griffon Vendéen, a dog of French descent, translates to “large, low, shaggy dog of the Vendée,” according to the American Kennel Club. Eight of those are competing in the hound group this year.

“They’re both beautiful in their own right, and we’re excited to see what they do at Westminster,” said Brandi Hunter, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club.

As for next year? The show will welcome the Azawakh, a West African sighthound.

Dear Diary:

On New Year’s Eve, we let our 3-year-old bring his guitar along to a friend’s apartment near Times Square. It was a brand-new mini six-string that he hadn’t put down since getting it for Christmas. He wanted to sing a song after the ball dropped, and I was trying to be a cool dad.

It was pouring rain in Brooklyn, and after three canceled Ubers, we found a green taxi. We were soaking wet, two hours late and our son was yapping the whole time to the driver about how he was going to play his song.

At West 54th Street and Eighth Avenue, we stepped out of the cab. It drove off just as an officer was telling us we had to walk four blocks north, then cross to the next avenue to come back down.

That’s when our son asked us where his guitar was. I realized I had left it in the taxi.

Our boy cried. My husband explained that we had lost the instrument but that an act of kindness might bring it back.

Of course, it took more than that: a report with the Taxi and Limousine Commission, calls to two police precincts and, finally, the help of a detective who connected us to the driver, who had been trying to find us.

Two days later, he pulled onto our street and jumped out of the cab with the guitar in hand.

“I remembered you,” he shouted to my son. “Now you can play your song!”

— Corvette Hunt

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