FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wintry mix of snow, freezing rain, and rain may impact travel and cause dangerously slick driving conditions
Minor coastal flooding possible during Tuesday morning and evening high tide cycles
February 14, 2016 — The New York City Emergency Management Department today issued a travel advisory for Monday, February 15, 2016 and Tuesday, February 16. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 1:00 PM Monday through midnight. Light snow is expected to begin Monday morning and is forecast to transition to freezing rain Monday evening. Freezing rain is expected to change over to rain around midnight. Rain continues through Tuesday before abating Tuesday evening. A total of 1-4 inches of snow, a trace of ice, and 1 ¼ to 1 ½ inches of rain are predicted throughout the event. High winds are predicted Tuesday, with sustained winds of 20-25 mph, and gusts up to 30-40 mph. Temperatures Monday are forecast to be in the mid-30s, and will continue to increase to mid-50s Tuesday. Minor coastal flooding is possible during Tuesday morning and evening high tide cycles. New Yorkers are asked to exercise caution and be prepared for limited visibility and slick, slippery road conditions. Please allow for extra travel time during your commutes. NYC residents living in coastal areas expected to experience minor coastal flooding should take action to protect their property.
The NYC Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert beginning 1:00 AM Friday, February 5, 2016 and is pre-deploying 579 salt spreaders across the five boroughs. In addition, DSNY will have 1000 plows available in anticipation of any plowing needs (more than 2 inches of accumulation).
The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has issued a Snow Alert effective 9:00 AM Monday, February 15th, 2016, and will pre-deploy 579 salt spreaders across the five boroughs. In addition, DSNY will have 1,600 plows available in anticipation of any plowing needs (more than 2 inches of accumulation).
1,000 Sanitation workers will be assigned.
The Department of Transportation will deploy anti-icing units to each of the East River bridges. The Staten Island Ferry is expected to run on a holiday schedule, with crews clearing snow from terminals as needed. JC Decaux has pretreated more than 3000 bus shelters throughout the city. Citi Bike is expected to remain in service.
Alternate Side Parking rules are suspended Monday, February 15th for President's Day. Parking meters remain in effect throughout the city.
New Yorkers are also encouraged to take the following precautions:
COASTAL FLOODING PREPARATIONS
NYC residents living in coastal areas expected to experience minor coastal flooding should take the following preparedness steps:
For more safety tips, view NYC.gov/Emergency Management's public service video announcement or visit NYC.gov/EmergencyManagement. New Yorkers are also encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City's free emergency notification system. Through Notify NYC, New Yorkers can receive phone calls, text messages, and/or emails alerts about traffic and transit disruptions and other emergencies. To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit NYC.gov/notifynyc, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.
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