Governor Hochul today urged New Yorkers to prepare for a storm system that could bring heavy snow, gusty winds and locally moderate coastal flood impacts beginning late Monday night and continuing through the Tuesday morning commute, which will likely cause potentially dangerous driving conditions. Parts of the Mid-Hudson Region could see up to 6-8 inches of snow, with parts of the lower Mid-Hudson expected to receive up to 12 inches of snow, and areas in the Capital and Southern Tier regions potentially receiving 4-6 inches of snow.
The New York City and Long Island regions could see up to 1-3 inches of snow and wind gusts up to 40 mph, as well as localized coastal flooding conditions, especially during high tides Monday night and Tuesday. Governor Hochul urged New Yorkers to pay attention to the weather forecast for their area and be aware of changing conditions and impacts as the forecast is updated over the weekend, including potentially hazardous travel and potential power outages.
“As New Yorkers are preparing to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday, we are tracking a developing storm that will impact a substantial area of New York into the early part of the week,” Governor Hochul said. “I have directed State agencies to mobilize in preparation for this storm and urge everyone to watch for weather and travel updates as it develops.”
For the Capital, Mid-Hudson, Southern Tier, New York City and Long Island regions, precipitation is forecast to start as rain for some and then turn to snow by late Monday night with the heaviest snowfall on early Tuesday morning. Snowfall rates could reach up to one inch per hour at times. Slippery, hazardous travel is likely for the Tuesday morning commute in impacted areas. Snow is forecast to continue through Tuesday evening and wind gusts up 40 mph along the coast will start early Tuesday morning and continue into the afternoon.
Winter Storm Watches have been issued for parts of the State in advance of the storm and more may be issued as the forecast develops. 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. For a complete listing of weather alerts and forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website at alerts.weather.gov.
New York State Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation is monitoring weather conditions and prepared to respond with 3,760 supervisors and operators. All field staff are available to fully engage and respond. All residencies in impacted locations will remain staffed for 24/7 operations with operators, supervisors, and mechanics throughout the duration of the event and priority cleanup operations.
Statewide equipment numbers are as follows:
- 1,544 large plow trucks
- 150 medium duty plows
- 52 tow plows
- 36 snow blowers
- 339 large loaders
- 20 graders
For real-time travel information, motorists should call 511 or visit www.511ny.org, New York State’s official traffic and travel information source.
The Thruway Authority is monitoring the weather forecast and ready to respond with 696 operators and supervisors available. Statewide equipment numbers and resources are listed below:
- 363 large and medium duty plow trucks
- 11 tow plows
- 65 loaders
- Approximately 124,000 tons of salt on hand
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 app which 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 TRANSalert e-mails and follow @ThruwayTraffic on X for the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway.
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 this weekend. 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 website for tips.
New York State Police
State Police is monitoring weather conditions and will deploy additional Troopers to impacted areas as needed. All State Police four-wheel drive and specialized vehicles, including snowmobiles, airboats, and utility terrain vehicles are staged, and necessary equipment is ready for immediate response as needed. All emergency power and communications equipment have been tested and are functioning appropriately.
The Port Authority monitors weather conditions across all its facilities. In the event of severe weather conditions, the agency issues regular travel alerts and updates as needed. For the latest information about Port Authority facilities, please check social media, sign up for PA alerts or download one of the PA mobile apps, including RidePATH, which provides real-time updates and alerts for PATH service.