The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined the NYC Transit Authority (NYCTA) was entitled to summary judgment in this slip and fall case pursuant to the storm in progress rule. The evidence did not support plaintiff’s allegation that the ice had formed before the storm:
“Under the so-called storm in progress’ rule, a property owner will not be held responsible for accidents occurring as a result of the accumulation of snow and ice on its premises until an adequate period of time has passed following the cessation of the storm to allow the owner an opportunity to ameliorate the hazards caused by the storm” … . A defendant property owner may establish a prima facie case for summary judgment by presenting evidence that there was a storm in progress when the plaintiff allegedly slipped and fell … .
Here, the evidence that NYCTA submitted in support of its motion, including a transcript of the plaintiff’s testimony at her General Municipal Law § 50-h hearing, a transcript of the plaintiff’s deposition testimony, and certified climatological data, demonstrated, prima facie, that the subject accident occurred while a storm was in progress … . In this regard, the plaintiff testified that it was snowing at the time of the accident, and the certified climatological data confirms that testimony.
In opposition, the plaintiff failed to raise a triable issue of fact. Her contention that she slipped and fell on ice that existed prior to the storm that was in progress on the date of the accident was based on speculation and conjecture … . Indeed, the plaintiff presented no evidence, expert or otherwise, that the ice on which she fell was not produced by the storm in progress on the date of the accident … . Allen v New York City Tr. Auth., 2019 NY Slip Op 04121, Second Dept 5-29-19