FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Snow may impact travel and create dangerous conditions during morning commute
February 16, 2015 — The New York City Office of Emergency Management today issued a Travel Advisory for Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from midnight through noon on Tuesday. Snow is expected to begin after midnight and will continue into the Tuesday morning commute, ending early Tuesday afternoon. 2 – 4 inches of snow is predicted, with wind gusts of up to 20 mph. High temperatures Tuesday will be near 25 degrees, with wind chills of 5 to 15 degrees. New Yorkers are asked to exercise caution when driving and allow for additional travel time, especially during the morning commute. Snow covered roads and reduced visibilities may create dangerous travel conditions.
Alternate Side Parking rules are suspended Tuesday. Parking meters remain in effect throughout the city.
Treating Icy Roadways and Snow Removal
The NYC Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert and is pre-deploying 500 salt spreaders. In addition, the Sanitation Department has 1600 plows available for use when snow accumulations reach 2 inches or more.
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 is expected to operate on a normal schedule.
NYC Emergency Management encourages New Yorkers to take the following precautions:
For more 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.
CONTACT: Nancy Silvestri/Omar Bourne (718) 422-4888