Ross Lincoln is a Deadline contributor.
2ND WRITETHRU UPDATE, 10:25 AM: The New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment confirmed the cancellation of all film permits scheduled for Saturday due to two major storms set to converge over the Eastern Seaboard this weekend. Since Hurricane Sandy, shooting permits in parts of Brooklyn, Staten Island and Lower Manhattan have been granted on a case-by-case basis to accommodate the city’s recovery efforts, though the majority of Manhattan remained unaffected. The latest cancellation affects all shoots throughout the city’s five boroughs.
The blizzard is expected to hit New England the hardest, with CNN reporting the storm could reach Boston by 5 PM and deliver 24-36 inches of snow. The network said that all cars and trucks other than emergency vehicles must be off Massachusetts’ roads by 4 PM.
More than 3,000 flights routed through airports on the East Coast have been cancelled, prompting concerns that travel for participation in entertainment industry events or TV broadcasts might be affected. Broadcasts scheduled over the weekend include a new episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Justin Beiber in New York, and the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and 2013 BAFTA Awards in London, both set for Sunday. As for BAFTA, there have been no significant weather-related cancellations so far but organizers are continuing to monitor the situation. In addition, the Motion Picture Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards are scheduled for Saturday, and the American Society of Cinematographers Awards take place Sunday, both in LA.
CBS has said it doesn’t anticipate problems with the Grammys, as all scheduled performers have arrived in town prior to the storm. However, with New York expected to be particularly hard hit and travel to London affected, travel to the BAFTAs could be complicated by flight delays.