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NY Governor Hochul: Prepare for Winter Storm + Dangerous Travel and Power Outages

Governor Hochul Reminds New Yorkers to Prepare for Dangerous Travel and Local Power Outages as Winter Storm Tracks Further South

Mid-Hudson Region Including Catskills Could See Up to 18 Inches of Snow Starting Tonight and Continuing Through Tuesday Night  

Parts of New York City and Long Island Could See Up to Eight Inches of Snow and Wind Gusts Up to 40 MPH Especially Along Coastline

Snowfall Rates Up to Two Inches Per Hour and High Wind Gusts Expected to Lead to Dangerous or Impossible Driving Conditions Through Tuesday

Storm Could Cause Local Power Outages, Road Closures and Other Weather-Related Disruptions and Impacts

Empty and Tandem Tractor Trailer Ban to be Implemented on I-84 from Connecticut State Line to Pennsylvania State Line Beginning at 12 a.m.

New Yorkers Can Subscribe for Emergency Alerts Here  

Governor Kathy Hochul today continued to urge New Yorkers to prepare for a winter storm system poised to dump more than a foot of snow in the Mid-Hudson Region and cause dangerous travel conditions throughout downstate during the Tuesday morning commute. Starting overnight tonight and continuing through Tuesday evening, a widespread 8-12 inches of snow is forecasted for the Mid-Hudson region, including the Catskills, with local snow amounts up to 18 inches. New York City and portions of Long Island are forecast to receive up to eight inches of snow. Snowfall rates could reach up to two inches per hour at times and wind gusts could reach 25-40 mph through the duration of the storm, mainly off the south shores of Long Island. The combination of wind and snowfall rates will lead to reduced visibility for those in all impacted areas, especially during the Tuesday morning commute. Beginning at 12 a.m., a ban on empty and tandem tractor trailers will be implemented on I-84 from Connecticut state line to the Pennsylvania state line. Dangerous or impossible driving conditions are expected at times and New Yorkers should expect and prepare for other impacts such as localized power outages, road closures, and other potential disruptions to travel throughout the duration of this storm.

“Even though we’re coming out of a few days of record high temperatures, this storm is a stark reminder that winter is still alive and well,” Governor Hochul said. “This storm will bring plenty of hazards with it from heavy snow piling up fast to wind, which will bring low visibility and some power outages. Please heed warnings from your local media outlets, as my team will continue to monitor the storm until it’s long gone.”

Beginning Monday, rain is expected to begin falling over the New York City, Long Island, and Mid-Hudson regions, then rapidly change to snowfall as temperatures decrease to the upper-20s. Snow will begin during the overnight hours into Tuesday morning and through the day Tuesday. Snowfall rates could reach up to two inches per hour at times, continuing through early Tuesday afternoon and into the evening hours as snow tapers off. Snow will be wet and heavy for most parts of New York City and Long Island, but less heavy and wet for those in the Mid-Hudson region.

Several Winter Storm Warnings and Watches have already been issued in advance of the storm. 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.

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