FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wintry mix of snow and rain may impact travel and cause dangerous conditions
January 23, 2015 — The New York City Office of Emergency Management today issued a Travel Advisory for Saturday, January 24, 2015. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from midnight until 6:00 PM. Saturday. Light snow is expected to begin around 11:00 PM Friday, with the bulk of snowfall occurring between midnight and 6:00 AM. After 6:00 AM, precipitation will change over to mostly rain, with some sleet and a trace of ice accumulation. Light snow is possible during the early afternoon and evening hours and will taper off around 6:00 PM Saturday. A total of 2-5 inches of snow is predicted throughout the event, with wind gusts of 30-40 mph expected late Saturday afternoon. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities, especially during the morning hours. As temperatures fall below freezing on Saturday, conditions may remain slippery after precipitation ends.
Alternate Side Parking rules are suspended Saturday for snow removal. Parking meters remain in effect throughout the city.
Treating Icy Roadways and Snow Removal
The NYC Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert beginning Friday at 10:00 PM and is pre-deploying 424 salt spreaders. PLOWNYC will be activated beginning at 7:00 PM Friday and DSNY will have 1500 plows available in anticipation of any plowing needs (more than 2 inches of accumulation).
Sanitation workers will be assigned to two 12-hour shifts.
The Department of Transportation will deploy anti-icing units to each of the East River bridges and is pre-treating pedestrian overpasses and step streets.
The Staten Island Ferry and East River Ferry are operating on normal schedules.
NYC Emergency Management encourages New Yorkers to take the following precautions:
For information and updates related to weather conditions, visit NYC.gov/severeweather. New Yorkers are also encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City's free emergency notification system. Through Notify NYC, New Yorkers can receive phone calls, text messages, and/or emails alerts about traffic and transit disruptions and other emergencies. To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit NYC.gov/notifynyc, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.
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