If timing is everything, then Old Man Winter is a day late as snow blankets the Tri-State area.
White Christmas? Nope.
White Boxing Day? Yes.
Prior to the storm marching into the city, some were calling it a day early. Midtown businessman Michael Goldmuntz closed up shop to avoid any of the wintery mess. Typically the day after Christmas is like any other, which means he would normally stay, “til about 5:30 or 6:00” but the storm changed his plans today.
A few doors down on West 45th, delivery drivers were making the rounds. Not many were concerned at what might be heading their way.
“Not at all,” said one delivery worker who added, “Regular day today. Holiday is over.”
In fact, one delivery driver for Pepsi was actually embracing any amount of flakes that stick to the ground, “I’m looking forward to some snow.”
Miles away from Midtown, in the Breezy Point section of the Rockaways, not only was the strong possibility of a few inches of snow threatening many of those barely on their feet, but also a surge that PIX 11 meteorologists are saying may be as high as five feet when factored in with high tide was a cause for worry.
The area was desolate, but one resident did convey that, “I’m not too concerned about it. I mean, how bad can it be? What else can they do to us?”
Finally, in the midst of it all, the award for polar bear of the day went to a delivery driver named Pat. He’s not a big fan of bundling up when Old Man Winter is blowing through with high winds, admitting that he wears shorts, “All winter long,” and adding that seldom does he wear pants, “Very rarely, when I have to get dressed up for an occasion.”
He then sheepishly admitted he had shorts on all of Christmas Day.
By mid-afternoon the city was getting a dusted like funnel cake on Mulberry Street. It’s impact on travel was minor at the airports. According to the FAA website, JFK and LaGuardia were running between 75 to 90 minutes behind schedule.