Jeremy and Owen earn their room & board by cleaning off the cars this morning.

Jeremy and Owen earn their room & board by cleaning off the cars this morning.

To the disappointment of most children (including mine) and to the relief of most adults (including me,) yesterday’s ominous forecasts didn’t quite pan out, with the heaviest snow falling far to the east of the New York area.

But we’ve still got snow and ice everywhere, very cold temperatures that will reduce the effectiveness of salt, and lots of work ahead digging out.  I’ve just sent the following emergency bulletin city-wide:

This is the City of New Rochelle.  

Fortunately, the storm was a lot less intense than forecast, but we still have a big clean-up job ahead, and we urge you to stay off the roads today, if possible.

As a reminder, Wednesday’s recycling pickup is cancelled.  Garbage pickup will resume on the normal schedule this Thursday in the north end and Friday in the south end.

Plows will continue operating throughout the day and night, with the goal of making all roads passable, but because of very cold temperatures, it might be a while before we see blacktop.  Exercise extreme caution when driving.

As you dig out cars and sidewalks, please do not throw snow back into the road.  If you have a fire hydrant near your property, please clear the snow from it.

Remember that cars placed in the New Roc City garage must be removed by noon tomorrow, when free parking ends.

City offices are closed today, except for essential personnel.

For serious issues related to snow removal, please email or call 914-654-2049.

This has been Mayor Noam Bramson.  Thank you for listening and for your cooperation throughout the storm.