11/17/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/17/2019 15:16
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to prepare for slippery conditions upstate and coastal flooding along coastal areas starting tonight and continuing through Monday as a storm system moves through the state. For upstate areas, the system is expected to bring freezing rain mixed with sleet and a light glaze of ice. Drivers should expect slippery conditions on roadways and bridges starting late Sunday night and continuing through Monday morning, and all New Yorkers are urged to practice safe behavior on the roads. For downstate areas, coastal flooding is expected to occur during high tide cycles today and tomorrow.
'The storm is moving up the East Coast and is likely to bring icy conditions to upstate New York and high winds and potential flooding to downstate areas,' GovernorCuomo said. 'State agencies are watching the conditions and stand ready to assist, and I urge drivers to be prepared and using caution out on the roads.'
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service from late this evening to noon on Monday due to freezing rain, possibly mixed with sleet at times, and a light glaze of ice, with ice accumulations of less than one tenth of an inch expected. The Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for 18 counties in the Mohawk Valley, Capital Region, Hudson Valley and Southern Tier. Hazardous conditions, including extremely slippery sidewalks, roads and bridges, will likely impact the morning commute on Monday. Counties include: Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Fulton, Greene, Herkimer, Montgomery, Orange, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren and Washington counties.
Coastal Flood Watches and Advisories are also in effect for the NYC and Long Island regions, as well as Westchester County, starting early this afternoon into this evening. Up to one foot of inundation above ground level is possible in low lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways with the high tide cycle today, and 2 to 3 feet of inundation is likely with the high tide cycle during the day on Monday. The combination of elevated water levels and high surf along the ocean beachfront should also result in significant beach erosion and localizedsplashovers around the times of high tide.
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services' Emergency Operations Center (State EOC) is currently activated to Level Four status to assist with coordination of state assets in response to the Halloween 2019 storm upstate. The State EOC will continue to monitor weather conditions and stay in contact with localities throughout the duration of the storm. State Stockpiles are prepared to deploy assets to localities affected by storm-related needs, including pumps, chainsaws, sandbags and bottled water.
Department of Transportation
The State Department of Transportation is ready to respond with 3,450 supervisors and operators available. Regional crews are currently engaged in snow and ice preparations and rain and flood event monitoring. All residency locations in storm impacted areas will be staffed for 24/7 operation throughout the duration of the event.
All available snow and ice equipment is ready to deploy. Fleet mechanics in affected areas will be staffing all main Residency locations 24/7 to perform repairs and keep trucks on the road. Statewide available equipment numbers are as follows:
In addition, Long Island Region will retain Quick Clearance Crews/Flood Patrol Crews in all six residencies from Sunday morning until the event is over. They will patrol areas known to flood during events like this.
The Thruway Authority has 668 supervisors and operators ready to deploy 208 Large Snow Plows, 107 Medium Snow Plows, 7 Tow Plows and 63 Loaders across the state with more than 120,000 tons of road salt on hand. Variable Message Signs, Highway Advisory Radio and social media are utilized to alert motorists of winter weather conditions on the Thruway.
The Thruway Authority is also encouraging motorists to download its mobile app which is available for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway here.
Division of State Police
All Troopers will closely monitor conditions for any problems. State Police are ready to deploy additional personnel to affected areas as needed. All four-wheel drive vehicles are in-service and all specialty vehicles, including snowmobiles and utility vehicles, are staged and ready for deployment.
Department of Environmental Conservation
DEC Police Officers, Forest Rangers, Emergency Management staff, and regional staff are on alert and monitoring the developing situation and actively patrolling areas likely to be impacted by the storm. All available assets, including utility vehicles, are ready to assist with any emergency response.
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York State Park Police and park personnel are on alert and closely monitoring weather conditions and impacts. Response equipment is being fueled, tested and prepared for storm response use. Park visitors should check parks.ny.gov or call their local park office for the latest updates regarding park hours, openings and closings.
For more winter weather safety information, please visit the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services website at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info.