FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Snow expected Friday creating dangerous travel conditions for AM and PM Commutes
March 19, 2015 — The New York City Office of Emergency Management today issued a travel advisory for Friday March 20, 2015. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 6 AM Friday through 2 AM Saturday, March 21, 2015. Snow will begin Friday morning and will continue throughout the day. The snow will begin to intensify in the afternoon with the heaviest snow expected to fall during the Friday evening rush. The snow will taper off late Friday evening. A total of 4 to 6 inches of snow accumulation is expected with this event. Temperatures will remain unseasonably low during this period. High temperatures on Friday are expected to be near 36 degrees, with wind chill values between 25 and 30 degrees. Low temperatures Friday night are expected to be around 28 degrees. Temperatures Saturday will increase to around 46 degrees. New Yorkers are asked to exercise caution and be prepared for limited visibility and slippery conditions when traveling.
Treating Icy Roadways and Snow Preparation
The NYC Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert beginning 9 AM Friday, March 20, 2015, and is pre-deploying 500 salt spreaders across the five boroughs to treat arterial highways, bus routes, school streets, hilly roads, etc. In addition, DSNY will have more than 800 plows available to address plowing needs if necessary (more than 2 inches of accumulation). Trash and recycling pickups will be made on a normal Friday schedule.
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.
New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City's free emergency notification system, for weather, traffic, and transportation updates. 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