NEW YORK — Governor Cathy Hochul declared a state of emergency for the entire state of New York on Thursday after a major winter weather system that will bring mixed hazards across the state from Thursday morning into Monday.
Heavy rain and snow, high winds, coastal and lakeside flooding, and flash frost are expected in many areas of the state over the holiday weekend.
“With all that nature has given us this weekend, I encourage New Yorkers to consider traveling over the holidays to be safe before Friday or after Sunday,” Governor Hochul said. “Our agencies are well prepared, coordinated and ready to deploy assets and equipment when needed to respond to the storm. We want all New Yorkers to be where they need to be for the holidays with their loved ones.” need to go safely.
With winter weather on its way, I am declaring a statewide State of Emergency beginning at 6am tomorrow.
The @MTA is restricting truck traffic in certain areas starting tonight, & some interstate & highway closures will be in place in parts of Western New York tomorrow morning.
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) December 22, 2022
From Thursday through Friday, rain showers, snow flurries and gusty winds are forecast for much of the state with precipitation amounts of up to three inches in some places. Moderate to significant coastal flooding (1-2 feet) is possible Friday morning due to rain and high winds, with rain, snow and high winds possible along lake shores up to three feet above flood level in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
From Friday into Saturday morning, much of the state is expected to experience gusty winds of 60 mph or more as temperatures drop rapidly and significantly, exceeding 35 degrees in some areas, Due to which flash freezing and subzero winds will run. Cold and snowy road conditions. This will affect Friday morning travel in western New York and evening travel in the rest of the state.
On Friday and Saturday, the winds will be strong enough to bring down trees and power lines.
Blizzard Warnings, Coastal Flood Warnings, Lakeshore Flood Warnings, High Wind Warnings, Wind Chill Warnings and Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for many counties across the state through this weekend.
In preparation for this week’s statewide winter weather event, New York utilities have approximately 7,700 workers available across the state to participate in damage assessment, cable protection, response, repair and restoration efforts. Of the new workers, 800 outside line and tree workers were employed by Con Edison.