01/03/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/03/2018 15:49
PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED FOR FIRST MAJOR SNOWSTORM OF 2018
Date: Jan 03, 2018
Press Release Number: 1-2018
The first major snowstorm of 2018 is expected to hit the New York-New Jersey region late tonight and early tomorrow morning, bringing 6 to 8 inches of snow before it ends tomorrow afternoon. Some areas in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island could see higher snow totals.
To prepare for the upcoming weather event, the Port Authority has taken significant measures to ensure safe, efficient operations at its airports, tunnels, bridges, terminals, port facilities and PATH system.
The National Weather Service currently forecasts the snow beginning around daybreak Thursday and continuing until Thursday afternoon. Heavy bands of snow could severely impact the morning commute. Once the snow departs, forecasters said the region will experience near record low temperatures through the upcoming weekend.
Customers can access up-to-date information on conditions at Port Authority facilities on the Port Authority's website by clicking here, which includes live feeds of its respective social media channels. In addition to the website, travelers also are encouraged to sign up for Port Authority alerts at http://www.paalerts.com/ or follow @PANYNJ. Travelers may also call 511 or visit 511NY.org or 511NJ.org for further information on highway conditions.
In advance of the first snowflakes, the Port Authority has made extensive preparations for personnel and equipment at all of its facilities. The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH have snow desks where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.
The Port Authority also is in contact with the states of New York and New Jersey, as well as other local and federal officials and agencies to coordinate response to this and any other winter event.
When a storm hits the region, airlines sometimes cancel flights in advance, so travelers should check with their carriers to make sure their flight will be taking off before going to the airport. If warranted, the Port Authority also is prepared to accommodate ticketed passengers who may become stranded at the airports.
The Port Authority also urges bus travelers to check with their carriers before going to the bus terminals since many public and private carriers may cancel or delay service if conditions warrant. The agency also may impose speed restrictions on its crossings, or close them entirely based on weather conditions.
The Port Authority has the following winter weather equipment and supplies ready at its major transportation facilities:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.