Updated, 9:20 a.m.
Good morning on this suddenly snowy Monday.
Outside your window, a small spring snowstorm is busy blanketing our region.
The fast-moving storm blew in last night and could drop three to five inches of heavy, wet snow on the city by this afternoon.
The snowfall is predicted to be heaviest until 11 a.m. — perfectly timed to muck up your morning commute.
With temperatures hovering around freezing this morning, you may want to pop on your earmuffs and take an umbrella, as the snow could be mixed with rain by this afternoon.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2 p.m., which means roads could be slippery and visibility may be reduced.
But whatever you do, don’t call this storm a nor’easter.
While we may have just celebrated a rare “four’easter,” with four nor’easters pummeling our region within a month, today’s storm will not be the fifth.
“The magnitude of this storm is not quite up to par,” said John Murray, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
For a storm to qualify as a nor’easter, he explained, it must meet a few conditions, including sustained winds of 34 knots, or around 39 miles per hour. Wind gusts today are expected to reach only 25 miles per hour, leaving the storm with the less-sexy label of “quick-moving low pressure system.”
Still, the storm was strong enough to postpone the Yankees home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays until tomorrow.
Expect to forget all about it by this afternoon, when we should see sunshine and a high of 44. April showers — two days of them — start tomorrow.
Here’s what else is happening:
In the News
• Remington’s bankruptcy filing has stalled a ruling on the lawsuit brought by family members of those killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. [New York Times]
• The performer Chad Hoopes, who for several years played a borrowed Stradivarius made in 1713, now owns a violin made by Sam Zygmuntowicz in Brooklyn in 1991. [New York Times]
• Though state lawmakers reached a budget agreement over the weekend, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Albany would push back against a federal government that was “actively hostile” toward New York. [New York Times]
• New York’s humor and imagination were on full display at the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue. [New York Times]
• A new vegan eatery owned by a 21-year-old entrepreneur will allow diners to pay what they can afford. [NY City Lens]
• In light of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., officials are asking the Department of Education to rethink its policy toward locking the front doors of schools. [Times Ledger]
• The Brooklyn Museum has sparked outrage after selecting a white woman to curate its vast African art collection. [New York Post]
• How, in the spring of 1950, Kay (Tubby) Johnston became the first girl to play Little League baseball. [WHYY]
• Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Dog With a Secret”
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.
Coming Up Today
• Spring has sprung, indoors at least. Visit the Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s in Midtown Manhattan. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. [Free] …
• Stop by the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. [$23] …
• Or learn how to create your own indoor garden from seeds at the Living Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. 7:30 p.m. [$20]
• The author Michael Benson discusses his book, “Space Odyssey,” which chronicles the film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” at the Mid-Manhattan Library in Midtown. 6:30 p.m. [Free]
• Alternate-side parking remains in effect until Thursday.
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
And Finally …
It’s spring break for more than a million public school kids.
If you’re responsible for playtime this week, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few suggestions of things to do with kids in the city.
Monday. Children can learn parkour, play zombie tag while learning about mathematical models and join other games at Spring Break Games at the New York Hall of Science in Corona, Queens. Noon to 4 p.m. [$16 adults, $13 kids]
Tuesday. The Museum of the Moving Image is hosting daily screenings of “The Tale of the Bunny Picnic” at 11 a.m. and “The Muppets Take Manhattan” at 1 p.m. in Astoria, Queens. [$15 adults, $9 children]
Wednesday. Children can join nature activities, play games and hop on the carousel at the Audubon Center in Prospect Park. Noon to 5 p.m. [Prices vary]
Thursday. Let your kids turn trash into treasure at a junk art workshop at 11 a.m., or create a bonnet at 1:30 p.m. for an Easter parade at the Staten Island Children’s Museum. [$8]
Friday. Visit Luna Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The amusement park is open all week for spring break. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. [Free to visit]
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