Alternate-side parking: Suspended today because of snow removal.
New Yorkers preparing to lumber back to work after an extended Thanksgiving weekend are waking up to a city soaked with rain, with a double-barreled assault of plummeting temperatures and heavy winds.
A winter weather advisory by the National Weather Service is in effect from 11 a.m. today to 7 a.m. tomorrow. Forecasters warned that New York City and Long Island could expect to see about two to five inches of snow by tonight.
The Lower Hudson Valley could see six to 12 inches of snow and icy roadways, according to weather officials. Up to nine inches of snow could hit parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.
If you’re commuting into or around New York City this morning, set aside additional time and check your transit agency before leaving.
Snow is not forecast in the city for the morning commute, but a mixture of rain and gusting winds could offer its own misery. Snow is predicted to develop later in the day as temperatures fall, so the evening commute could be even more challenging.
Here’s the latest:
Transit: No major delays for the city subways have been announced. The three commuter rail lines — New Jersey Transit, Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road — all said they were maintaining normal schedules. But they cautioned that commuters should allow for extra travel time and should check for delays and cancellations.
Roadways: The National Weather Service warned drivers they could face slippery road conditions in the morning and evening commutes, as did the city’s Office of Emergency Management.
Airports: Travelers flying in and out of Newark, La Guardia and John F. Kennedy Airports can expect delays of between one hour and two and a half hours.
Schools: Sorry, children. New York City public schools are open today, education officials announced. But after-school programs that students attend by riding a yellow school bus are canceled.
Rain in New York City is expected to increasingly turn to snow beginning about 1 p.m. Temperatures throughout the day are expected to steadily drop and hit the freezing point by around 7 p.m.
That drop may turn falling moisture into snow and water already on the ground into ice.
The city’s Sanitation Department deployed 705 salt spreaders across the five boroughs on Sunday, and will send out 1,500 plows on Monday if more than two inches of snow accumulate on the streets, my colleague reported.
Strong winds of about 15 miles per hour are expected throughout the day and into Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Governor Cuomo placed National Guard personnel on standby, and in a statement Sunday afternoon warned of “snow, black ice, rain and wind” affecting the region.
If you’re a city resident, it could be much worse: Twelve to 18 inches may hit the Southern Tier and the Capital Region, the governor said.
Bus service out of Port Authority to Binghamton, Rochester, Buffalo, Ithaca and Syracuse was suspended “until further notice,” Mr. Cuomo said in the statement.
What we’re reading
Thanks to a new rent law, eviction cases have declined. [The Wall Street Journal]
The city might get not one but a few new mayors. Bike and pedestrian mayors, that is. [Curbed New York]
A gas line issue shuts down the almost 60-year-old Loeser’s Kosher Deli in the Bronx. [New York Daily News]
Coming up today
Enjoy live performances, games, crafts and other kid-friendly activities at the Winter’s Eve festival at Lincoln Square in Manhattan. 5:30 p.m. [Free]
A screening of “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” is followed by a conversation with the movie’s director and choreographer at the Bronx Library Center. 6:30 p.m. [Free]
“A Ballad for Harlem Conversation: Making Community” discusses the social power of barber shops at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Manhattan. 6:30 p.m. [Free with R.S.V.P.]
— Julia Carmel
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.
And finally: Holiday window displays
There once was a time when department stores in New York were not struggling.
In fact, they used to be not only successful but delightful.
Department stores “used to put on a show,” wrote Alexandra Jacobs, a deputy Styles editor at The Times. “Sometimes more entertaining than the theater.” The main stages were the storefront window displays.
At a few outlets, that tradition continues.
At Barneys New York, which is going out of business, the only holiday window display is a sign that reads, “Everything Must Be Sold! Goodbuys, then Goodbye.”
But at Bergdorf Goodman, the theme is games. One chess-themed window is captioned “Queen’s Gambit.” Another window is designed like a pinball game. Its caption: “Jackpot!”
At Macy’s, there are several window displays. Some are old-fashioned, devoted to the story of Virginia O’Hanlon, the little girl who wrote to The New York Sun in 1897 asking whether there was still a Santa Claus.
Another Macy’s window display features a little girl who wants to be Santa Claus. In yet another window there are giant Barbies.
Over at Bloomingdale’s, images of robots place ornaments on a tree. Ms. Jacobs noted that Google Nest sponsored the window and was featured in it.
Other windows have female mannequins dressed like go-go dancers as the song “Christmas in New Orleans” plays.
It’s Monday — Enjoy the scenery.
Metropolitan Diary: Cash and carry
My children often call me old-fashioned. I prefer traditional. Either way, when they tell me that cash currency is going the way of the dodo, it is with reluctance and some regret that I must admit that they are right.
On a recent business trip to Seattle, I did not use any cash during my three days there. Car service, plane ticket, light rail, hotel, food: All paid for with a credit card.
Back home, I was on my regular walk to work one morning when I stopped at a coffee cart on East 69th, as I do every weekday.
I ordered the usual, coffee and a pastry, and handed the man a $5 bill.
“That’s $3.50,” he said. “You should have the two quarters I gave you in change yesterday.”
— Robert Krasner