Winter Storm Warning for Friday Evening until Saturday Evening

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday.

According to the latest forecast, a nor'easter is expected to bring 8 to 12 inches of snow with locally higher amounts possible, and 40 to 45 mph wind gusts (with peak gusts of 50 mph) to the area Friday night to Saturday night. There remains a low chance for higher amounts and stronger winds if the storm shifts. Temperatures will be in the low 20s to mid-teens with wind chills near or below zero from Saturday morning through mid-day Sunday.

  • The bulk of the snow is expected to fall after 4 a.m. Saturday. Snow will continue through Saturday afternoon and begin to taper off in the late afternoon.
  • The strongest period of winds is expected between Saturday morning into the afternoon. A combination of gusty winds and arctic air will produce wind chills below zero during the day Saturday to late Sunday morning. Wind gusts may also be as high as 50 mph with strong gusts continuing through Saturday night, producing low visibility due to drifting and blowing snow, even after snowfall has ended.
  • Localized minor coastal flooding possible during the three tidal cycles from Saturday morning to Sunday morning, particularly in low-lying coastal areas of southern Queens, north shore of Queens, and the Bronx.

NYC Emergency Management has issued a hazardous travel advisory for Friday evening, January 28, through Saturday, January 29. NYC Emergency Management will continue to work closely with the National Weather Service to monitor the weather and any potential impacts associated with this storm.

For real-time weather information, visit the National Weather Service.


Safety Tips

  • Stay indoors.
  • Stay off the roads as much as possible. If you must travel, use mass transit.
  • If you must drive, drive slowly. Allow for extra travel time, and exercise caution when traveling. Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible.
  • Pedestrians should exercise caution and avoid slippery surfaces; some ice may not be visible. Wear sturdy boots that provide traction to reduce slipping. Use handrails when using stairs.
  • Take care when walking on snow and ice, especially if you are an older adult. Seniors should take extra care outdoors to avoid slips and falls.
  • Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections.
  • If you have to go out, dress for the weather:
    • Wear a hat, hood, or scarf.
    • Wear layers, as they provide better insulation and warmth
    • Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside
    • Keep clothing dry; if a layer becomes wet, remove it.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia:
    • Hypothermia: symptoms include slurred speech, sluggishness, confusion, dizziness, shallow breathing, unusual behavior, and slow, irregular heartbeat.
    • Frostbite: symptoms include gray, white or yellow discoloration, numbness, and waxy feeling skin.
  • If you have to go outdoors, wear dry, warm clothing and cover exposed skin. Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered. Wear a hat, hood, scarf, and gloves. Stay alert for signs of hypothermia, like intense shivering or dizziness, and anyone who experiences these symptoms should seek medical attention or call 911.
  • Be careful when shoveling snow. Follow your doctor’s advice if you have heart disease or high blood pressure. Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who may need help in cold weather — especially older adults or people with disabilities — to make sure they are safe inside and have heat.
  • Immediately tell your building superintendent, property manager or owner if you do not have heat. Call 311 if the problem is not fixed quickly and go to a warm place, such as a friend's or family member's home. If you stay at home, wear additional layers of clothing to keep warm.
  • Improper use of portable heating equipment can lead to fire or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Take precautions to ensure you are heating your home safely. Do not heat your home with a gas stove or oven, charcoal grill, or kerosene, propane, or oil-burning heaters.

Agency Actions & Updates

NYC Emergency Management 

  • NYC Emergency Management is working closely with the National Weather Service.
  • NYC Emergency Management will activate a virtual Situation Room (EOC) on Friday evening to coordinate the City's response to the storm.
  • NYC Emergency Management is hosting daily interagency conference calls with City and state agencies and public and private partners to coordinate the City's response to the storm. 
  • NYC Emergency Management is providing regular updates to elected officials about the City's storm response. 
  • NYC Emergency Management has also issued an Advance Warning System (AWS) message to more than 8,300 subscribers representing more than 2,000 organizations that disseminate information to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. 
  • NYC Emergency Management has placed the City's Downed Trees Task Force on alert. This multi-agency task force is responsible for coordinating the response to a large downed tree event.

Department of Sanitation 

  • The NYC Department of Sanitation is filling over 700 salt spreaders, and deploying them as necessary. DSNY has activated PlowNYC and has dispatched 1,300 plows (as more than two inches of snow has accumulated), with additional plows available if necessary.
  • DSNY has 3290,000 tons of rock salt on hand, as well as 285,000 gallons of calcium chloride and 58,000 gallons of sodium chloride brine. 
  • DSNY issued a snow alert beginning January 28 at 4 p.m.
  • Alternate Side Parking Regulations are suspended Saturday, January 29, to faciliate snow removal. 

Economic Development Corporation 

  • NYC Ferry service may be impacted by winter storm conditions, and riders should prepare for potential weather-related delays. Please use caution on all landings and vessels. Service changes and/or suspensions will be posted on www.ferry.nyc and announced via social media, app notifications, and email. 

Department of Buildings 

  • The Department of Buildings has issued a weather advisory reminding property owners, contractors and crane operators to take precautionary measures and secure their construction sites, buildings, and equipment during high winds.
  • The Department will be performing random spot-check inspections of construction sites around the City. If sites are not secured, the Department will take immediate enforcement action — issuing violations and Stop Work Orders, where necessary.
To safeguard construction sites, builders, contractors, and developers should take all precautionary measures including but not limited to the following: 
  • Tie down and secure material and loose debris at construction sites.
  • Cover electrical equipment from exposure to the weather. 
  • Secure netting, scaffolding, and sidewalk sheds. 
  • Clear icicles and vulnerable snow masses from sidewalk sheds, and supported and suspended scaffolds. 
  • Clear roofs, overhangs and gutters of melting snow and ice. 
  • Brace and secure construction fences.           
  • Call 911 if there is an emergency on a construction site. 
To secure a building, property owners should take all precautionary measures including but not limited to the following: 
  • Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys.
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills, or propane tanks. 
  • Secure and clear roofs, awnings, umbrellas, and overhangs of melting snow and ice. 
  • Check to ensure all gutters, roof drains, and down spouts are cleared of debris to allow for proper drainage. 
  • Secure retractable awnings. 
  • Take down tents or follow manufacturer's instructions to secure them.   

NYC Parks  

  • NYC Parks activated more than 1,100 staff, 360 vehicles, including over 150 with plows and salt spreaders, and close to 200 pieces of equipment, including 145 snow blowers and brushes, for snow removal operations. 
  • If snow accumulates, Parks will support DSNY's street plowing operation by lending 44 plows and operators. 
  • Parks has more than 2,000 miles of pathways across the city and prioritizes snow removal at commuter hubs, areas surrounding schools (Jointly Operated Playgrounds), park perimeters, and park interior pathways and "through park" greenway.
  • Parks warns New Yorkers to never venture out onto waterbodies that appear frozen; they are likely not and are unsafe.  
  • On duty Parks foresters will track the storm as tree damage often occurs during inclement weather, and severe storms can cause extensive damage. Please report tree issues to 311 or on NYC Parks' site; if there is a life-or-death emergency, call 911 immediately. 

Department of Social Services 

In the event of extreme weather, DSS-DHS outreach teams redouble citywide efforts to engage New Yorkers experiencing unsheltered homelessness, with a focus on connecting vulnerable individuals to shelter and other available services. A Code Blue weather emergency notice is issued when the temperature drops to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m., including National Weather Service calculations for wind chill values. During Code Blue periods, no one who is experiencing homeless and seeking shelter in New York City will be denied. Should you see an individual who appears to be experiencing homeless and in need out in the cold, please call 311 and an outreach team will be dispatched to offer assistance, including: 
  • Shelter services: During a Code Blue, shelter is available to accommodate anyone who is reasonably believed to be experiencing homelessness and is seeking respite from the cold. 
  • Drop-in Centers: During a Cold Blue, DSS-DHS conducts additional outreach to unsheltered New Yorkers and DSS-DHS Drop-In Centers (DICs) will be open to serve as many clients as possible.  
  • Safe Havens and stabilization beds: During extreme weather, unsheltered New Yorkers may be transported directly to Safe Havens and stabilization beds, which are low-barrier housing programs designed specifically to meet the needs of New Yorkers experiencing unsheltered homelessness.  
  • Unsheltered outreach: DSS-DHS coordinates borough-level outreach efforts directly with partner City agencies, including but not limited to DSNY and the Parks Department, to connect unsheltered individuals to the range of resources and services available. In addition, outreach teams will contact vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness on their Code Blue Priority Lists.  

Department of Environmental Protection 

  • DEP will deploy resources to assist the Department of Sanitation with snow removal and will pre-position staff to ensure critical wastewater treatment and drinking water functions continue without interruption. 

Department of Transportation 

  • DOT will assist DSNY with snow removal starting Friday, January 28.
  • DOT's Bridges Division will pre-deploy crews to East River Bridges.
  • DOT's Arterial, Parking and Citywide Concrete Units, will pre-treat and monitor pedestrian overpasses, muni lots and step streets.
  • Crews from JC Decaux are pre-treating bus shelters.
  • Lyft/Citi Bike is monitoring the forecast to determine if a system shutdown is needed, as of right now it remains open.
  • DOT will monitor conditions on the citywide Transportation network at the Joint Transportation Management Center with State DOT and NYPD, and coordinate efforts to address any issues. 
  • The Staten Island Ferry is operating but may need to modify the current schedule depending on the severity of the storm. 
  • DOT's Ferry Division will pre-treat and clear walkways at the Staten Island Ferry terminals
  • Beginning Friday night, DOT is placing a temporary halt on Open Streets. Diners may not be seated in Open Restaurants roadway or sidewalk setups and partners should remove or secure tables/chairs & remove all electrical heaters. It's also recommended that restaurants remove any overhead coverings or regularly remove any snow until the Alert ends.
  • Open Restaurants are suspended for Saturday, January 29.
  • Alternate Side Parking Regulations are suspended Saturday, January 29.

New York City Housing Authority

  • NYCHA's Office of Emergency Management has activated its virtual Emergency Operations Center (EOC) beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday to manage the response to the storm. The EOC will enable the Authority to quickly track and respond to service needs; disseminate accurate information to the public and identify any public health hazards.
  • NYCHA is mobilizing snow removal equipment and will be pre-treating walkways and other common spaces ahead of intensifying snowfall, in addition to readying generators for deployment and scheduling additional staff if necessary.
  • NYCHA Property Management will come in early Saturday morning to begin snow removal procedures. NYCHA's Customer Contact Center is adding additional staff to handle increased call volume for residents experiencing issues.
  • NYCHA's Department of Communications and Intergovernmental Department will also amplify NYC Emergency Management messaging and brief elected officials on relevant status updates.

FDNY

For more tips, visit FDNYsmart.org.

PlowNYC

Use the PlowNYC snow vehicle tracker to track the progress of City spreader/plow vehicles, and to find your roadway's snow removal category.


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