FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OEM ISSUES HAZARDOUS TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR SATURDAY
December 13, 2013 — The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) today issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory for Saturday. The National Weather Service has forecast 4 to 6 inches of snow accumulation. Snow is expected to begin midday Saturday and change to rain in the late evening as the temperature rises. Rain will taper off overnight Saturday into Sunday with a lingering shower possible on Sunday morning. The high for Sunday is expected to be 37 degrees; however, freezing temperatures will return Sunday night. The Department of Sanitation has issued a Snow Alert for Saturday at 8am. The plow tracker will be available tomorrow at nyc.gov/severeweather. OEM encourages New Yorkers to take the following precautions:
- If you must drive a vehicle, monitor weather and traffic reports for the latest road conditions.
- Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible as these roadways will be cleared first.
- Drive slowly. Vehicles, including those with 4-wheel drive, take longer to stop on snow and ice than on dry pavement.
- Keep the name and phone number of at least one local towing service in your car in case you break down or become stuck in the snow.
- If you get stuck on the road stay with your car and contact a towing company.
- Exercise caution and avoid slippery surfaces; some ice may not be visible.
- Wear layers including a hat, gloves and scarf to stay protected from the cold. And, keep clothes and shoes dry.
- Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections.
Staying in Touch with OEM
The Office of Emergency Management communicates directly with the public through a variety of tools, including Notify NYC. This is just one way the City of New York communicates urgent information to city residents. In addition to sending e-mails, text messages, and phone calls, the emergency notification office has the ability to activate NYC’s Emergency Alert System (EAS), which sends information immediately via television and radio. Residents can also visit Facebook, Twitter, and the agency's website, nyc.gov/oem for more information. The public can sign up for Notify NYC by calling 311 or going to www.NYC.gov/notifynyc.
MEDIA CONTACT: Christopher Miller/Nancy Greco Silvestri (718) 422-4888