11/20/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/20/2023 15:04
Areas in North Country, Capital District, and Central NY to See Rain/Snow Mix Tuesday Night Through Wednesday Morning; Rest of State, Especially New York City Area, to See Mostly Rain
Locations in North Country and Higher Terrain Areas Could See More Snow
Statewide Winds Gusting Up to 35 MPH In Some Locations, Especially Western NY, North Country, and New York City Area
New Yorkers Urged to Sign up for NY-Alert to Receive Latest Weather Alerts
Governor Kathy Hochul today warned New Yorkers of potentially hazardous conditions due to wintry weather during the busiest day of the year for travel. A storm system will impact areas in the North Country, Capital District, and Central NY beginning late Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday with rain, snow and freezing rain or sleet in some locations, while other locations around the state, especially the New York City area, should see mostly rain. Areas in the North Country and at higher elevations are forecast to receive snow or a rain/snow mix on Tuesday evening before changing over to plain rain by Wednesday morning. Minor snow and ice accumulations will likely result in hazardous travel conditions, especially during the overnight and early morning hours, until temperatures warm on Wednesday morning. Winds are also expected to be gusty statewide with some gusts up to 35 mph in some places, especially Western NY, the North Country, and the New York City area.
"We are watching a storm system that could cause slippery conditions on roadways during the busiest travel day of the year, and I encourage New Yorkers to plan accordingly," Governor Hochul said. "While this state is no stranger to winter weather, it is always better to be prepared than to find yourself stranded or stuck. New York State agencies are prepared to assist local communities as needed and we will continue to monitor the forecast."
The storm system is expected to arrive Tuesday evening with precipitation beginning as a rain/snow mix in several locations. Most valley areas should see a quick change to all rain while areas in the North Country and especially high terrain areas may see snow through the night. There is a possibility of sleet or freezing rain in the higher terrain of the Adirondacks. Winds will be gusty statewide on Tuesday night with some gusts up to 35 mph. For a complete listing of weather alerts and forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website at alerts.weather.gov. New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts by subscribing to NY Alert at alert.ny.gov, a free service providing critical emergency information to your cell phone or computer.
New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
The Division is actively monitoring the weather forecast and coordinating the State's response to the weather event. Office of Emergency Management staff are in contact with local counterparts and are prepared to facilitate requests for assistance.
The Division is prepared to deploy the following assets and shelter supplies from the State's stockpiles, if necessary:
New York State Department of Transportation
The State Department of Transportation is prepared to respond with 3,559 supervisors and operators available statewide. Regional crews are currently engaged in snow and ice preparations. Regional managers are evaluating pavement conditions in advance of the precipitation and will be applying brine pre-treatment as appropriate. All residency locations will remain staffed for 24/7 operation throughout the duration of the event and priority cleanup operations. HELP truck beats will be extended in impacted areas. The need for staff deployments will be continually re-evaluated throughout the event.
Transportation Management Centers in affected regions will be posting weather-related messages starting Monday afternoon in Western NY and Tuesday morning in all other locations. Messaging will also be used to support real time incidents and vehicle restrictions, if necessary.
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 equipment numbers are as follows:
For real-time travel information, motorists should call 511 or visit www.511ny.orgor the mobile site at m.511ny.org, New York State's official traffic and travel information source.
The Thruway Authority is ready to respond with 677 operators and supervisors available. Statewide equipment numbers and resources are listed below:
Variable Message Signs and social media are utilized to alert motorists of winter weather conditions on the Thruway.
The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile appwhich is available for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic information, live traffic cameras, and navigation assistance while on the go. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalerte-mails which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway.
New York State Department of Public Service
Utility companies regulated by the Department of Public Service have approximately 5,500 workers available statewide to engage in repair and restoration efforts for the winter weather system. DPS staff will track utilities' work throughout the event and ensure utility companies shift appropriate staffing to regions that experience the greatest impact. If your service is interrupted, visit the DPS Utility Service Interruptions websitefor tips.
New York State Police
State Police are monitoring weather conditions and are prepared to deploy additional Troopers as needed. All State Police four-wheel drive and specialized vehicles, including snowmobiles and utility terrain vehicles, are staged and ready for immediate response, and all emergency power and communications equipment has been tested.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
DEC Emergency Management staff, Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Forest Rangers, and regional staff are on alert and monitoring the developing situation. All available assets are positioned to assist with any emergency response.
Winter hiking safety and preparedness are extremely important regardless of a hiker's physical ability or destination. Properly preparing for winter conditions is essential for a more enjoyable and safer experience. Additional information on winter hiking is available online.
New York State 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.govor call their local park office for the latest updates regarding park hours, openings, and closings.
Some of the most important tips for safe driving include:
Check with your utility to determine area repair schedules.
For more winter safety tips, visit https://dhses.ny.gov/safety. For all non-emergency service needs in New York State before, during or after a storm, call 211 or visit 211nys.org.
About the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services(DHSES) provides leadership, coordination, and support to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters and other emergencies. For more information, follow @NYSDHSES on Facebook, Instagram, and X (formerly known as Twitter) or visit dhses.ny.gov.