Snow from a previous storm in New York. (Morguefile.com)
A massive snowstorm that the National Weather Service is calling “potentially historic” threatens to dump 20 to 30 inches of snow on New York City from Monday night into Tuesday — just as the Real Estate Connect conference kicks off at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square on Tuesday morning.
But despite the blizzard’s guarantee to cripple travel plans — the potential exists for NYC’s three major area airports to shut down by Monday night, as well as the city’s subway system, officials say — the conference, which will feature heavy hitters such as keynote speaker Rupert Murdoch, will go on as planned.
The @InmanConnect Twitter account was tweeting several reassurances to followers Sunday that the conference wouldn’t be called off because of the snow. “Absolutely NOT!! Full steam ahead!” Inman Connect tweeted to a follower who asked if the conference would be cancelled or postponed because of weather conditions. “No contingency plans,” it tweeted to another follower, noting that many conference attendees have made last-minute flight changes to fly in early ahead of the storm.
Still, anyone traveling to New York should take caution. Plan to stay close to the hotel — at least in the opening days of the conference — as getting around the city could be very difficult. “This could be a storm the likes of which we’ve never seen before,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Sunday. He noted that the snow accumulation could beat the 26.9 inches that fell in the city in 2006, and it could snarl transportation worse than a 2010 storm did, when the snow pileup left streets impassable for days.
No matter how the blizzard plays out, REALTOR® Magazine will be in New York covering the conference. In the coming days, check the Speaking of Real Estate blog and the REALTOR® Magazine website for our coverage.