Snow in New York City

Posted on March 2nd, 2009 by The SUBWAYblogger in Live Blogging On the Subway, Rider Strategy

Snoooooooooow.

This morning’s snow really pisses me off.  I was totally getting into the thought of it becoming spring.  Even on Friday, it was really nice.  You barely needed a jacket.  Then, wham!  All this snow.

It’s total bull.

So it should make this morning’s commute a gem.  Actually, what will really be interesting is when it all starts to melt and flood the tracks.  That will be really pretty.

In the immediate sense, all we have to deal with is falling down the stairs as you enter the subway.  No biggie.

Unfortunately, the subway stairs have these metal plates on them that have diamond patters cut into them.  They also have a somewhat abrasive texture to them.

In wet conditions, they work pretty well.  It adds a little traction to what are otherwise tile (freaking stupid) stairs.  However, when it snows, the metal plates tend to cling to the snow.  Under foot traffic, snow gets tracked onto the stairs and then gets packed into the textured plates.  It builds up over time and then gets really slick. 

Since the plate itself is metal, it gets really cold really quick so it tends to hold the packed snow very well.  Makes for a joyous time getting in and out of the subway.

We’d love to hear more about YOUR adventures this morning.  Hit up the comments.

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  1. Jacob da Jew said on March 2nd, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Spent 20 min shoveling front sidewalk, 15 min cleaning off car, 15 min driving kid to playgroup at 5 mph, 10 min getting wife out with other kid, 15 min re-shoveling snow on front of car that fucking asshole custodians of nearby school buried my car in.

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  2. Sebastian said on March 2nd, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    My adventure was purely pleasure. I took my camera out and shot some pictures (see blog) on my way to work… You gotta love it! Hopefully it will be the last snow this winter season… Peace!

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  3. NashG said on March 12th, 2009 at 7:15 am

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  4. K said on March 13th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    You never write about anything anymore. It makes me sad :( What about the guy that got arrested for going through the emergency exit? What about the new talks on fare hikes? Common Subway Blogger! You’re losin’ me!

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  5. ChickenUnderwear said on March 17th, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Hay are you ok, I thought I would actaully get to meet you at the opening of the South Ferry Station. I became a Subway Geek

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  6. baby shower wording said on September 7th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Unfortunately, there’s no snow found in my living place here. So it’s hardly imagine how excited it is to see the snow scene right after out from the train. I bet it must be great feeling… COOL :)

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  7. RedBone said on December 4th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Check this out. I’ve been born and raised in New York, been living in Texas for 29 years. OK, Ok. Nevertheless, channel 7 news said it was going to snow at least 1 inch today. Trucks was being transported from another city to help out with the snow if it fell. Schools and businesses were prepared to close down. People were getting hyped up about 1′ of snow, when I knew it was going to be, what? flurries. Yeah. Anyway, it did snow (flurried) for 2 minutes. Sorry Austin. I miss seeing the real thing.

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  8. Umbro England said on May 11th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    It might seem random comparing snowfall , however the uk so far has had one of its coldest winters for 30 years according to forecasters and in my location we have had snow on the ground since mid december on and off. i calculated around 25 days of snow on the ground with a good few heavy falls of snow. today we had rain for the first time in a long time and the temp was 2-celcius and now snow has really thawed. its quite unusual to have this much snow and especially in this century which has seen mild winter mostly in the uk. but having studied new york cities weather since the start of december, the weather and certainly temperatures have been pretty similar.

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    Well.. the worst was what we just had in new york a few days ago… the city was a mess, never seen the city so out of whack like that before

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