NEW YORK — Governor Cathy Hochul on Wednesday directed state agencies to prepare emergency response resources ahead of a major winter weather system that is expected to bring several hazards to New York from Thursday through Saturday.
Heavy rain, snow, high winds, flash frost and flooding are expected in many areas of the state over the holiday weekend.
From Thursday, rain and snow are expected over most parts of the state, with up to three inches of rain expected in some places by Friday afternoon. Light to moderate flooding is possible from rain and snow melt, and a brief winter mix could lead to a slippery ride Friday morning.
From Friday into Saturday morning, gusts of 40 to 50 mph and local gusts of 70 mph are expected across much of the state. On Friday afternoon and evening, temperatures are forecast to drop significantly and a flash cold could cause icy conditions on roads during Friday night and Saturday travel.
Additionally, beginning Friday night and continuing into Monday, lake-effect snow will affect areas fronting Lakes Erie and Ontario, and high winds will cause drifting snow with near-zero visibility and localized blizzard conditions. is expected to be the cause. The northern areas of the state are expected to experience below normal temperature and cold winds till Monday.
Governor Hochul urged New Yorkers to take all necessary precautions when traveling this week and to plan ahead for the potential effects of the weather.
Governor Hochul said, “New Yorkers preparing to travel this week to see loved ones over the holiday weekend should plan ahead and leave early if possible, as we expect this weather system to continue.” Will create dangerous travel conditions across the state.” “Our state agencies are well coordinated for this response and we are preparing assets and personnel for deployment to affected areas if necessary.”
Wind advisories and high wind advisories will be in effect through Thursday for parts of central New York, the Mohawk Valley and the North Country, with occasional gusts of up to 70 mph. Damaging winds could down trees and power lines and widespread power outages are possible. Travel in these areas can be difficult.
Coastal flood watches throughout New York City, Long Island and Westchester County begin Friday and continue through Saturday night with possible flooding one to three feet above ground level in areas close to the coast.
The Port Authority (PA) is monitoring the weather conditions. Speed restrictions may be in effect on roads leading to and from bridges as well as junctions. Passengers are encouraged to contact carriers and airlines directly for the latest information on delays and cancellations through Port Authority facilities. For the latest information on Port Authority facilities, check social media, sign up for PA alerts, or download one of PA’s mobile apps, including RidePATH, which provide real-time updates and alerts for PATH service.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is closely monitoring weather conditions to ensure safe and reliable service. MTA crews will be ready to respond to any weather related issues and to remove any fallen trees that may fall onto the tracks.
Customers are advised to check new.mta.info for the latest service updates and exercise caution when navigating the system. Customers also need to sign up to receive real-time service alerts via text or email. These alerts are also available through the MTA apps: MYmta and TrainTime.
According to Hochul’s office, transportation accidents are the leading cause of death and injury during winter storms. Before you drive, review these safety tips:
- When winter storms hit, don’t drive unless you absolutely have to.
- Make sure your vehicle is free of snow and ice; Good vision is the key to good driving.
- Always match your speed to the road and weather conditions. Plan your stops and keep more distance between cars.
- Be extra vigilant and remember that snowdrifts can hide small children.
- Make sure your car is equipped with survival gear such as blankets, a shovel, a flashlight and spare batteries, extra warm clothing, a set of tire chains, battery booster cables, quick energy foods, and brightly colored clothing. flag.
- If you have a cell phone or other communication device, such as a two-way radio, available for use, keep the battery charged and take it with you when you travel.