1. As you may already know, the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning as Nemo heads to the tri-state area. The impending blizzard is forecasted to dump 10 to 14 inches of snow from Friday through Sunday, with wind blowing north at 15 to 25 mph, and gusts up to 45 mph. Patch will be bringing you updates throughout the day and the storm, so stay with us.
2. Since the brunt of the storm isn't expected until Friday night, New York City public schools are open today. However after-school programs are subject to cancellation, according to Mayor Bloomberg.
3. While you're staying close to home, here's what's going on in Prospect Heights: There's the Dan Strauss Band followed by Doug(Vansaders)Acoustic at Branded, a Jim Greene CD Release Party @ The Way Station (Congratulations, Jim!), Azonto @ Skazzy Cafe, Friday Night Sessions with Alegba & Friends at Kombit, and a Niso Soulmates Pre-Valentines Day Party at Eve's. See more events this weekend here.
4. The Port Authority is deploying extra personnel on longer shifts at all its facilities to take on the storm. It's also "assembling snow-fighting equipment to handle whatever wintry conditions may develop at its airports, seaports, tunnels, bridges and PATH system," an announcement said. Want to see where the closest snow plow is? Track them in real-time on NYC.gov with an app that went live Thursday afternoon.
5. Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended citywide today, Friday, Feb. 8, to facilitate storm preparation. Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the City.