Tuesday Nov 29, 2022

Governor Hochul Declares State of Emergency Effective at 8 PM as Winter Storm Expected to Bring Heavy Snow and Strong Winds to Downstate Regions this Weekend – ny.gov

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Department of Environmental Conservation

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Forest Rangers, Emergency Management staff and regional staff are on alert and monitoring the developing situation and actively patrolling areas and infrastructure impacted by severe weather. All available assets, including sawyers, are positioned to assist with any emergency response.

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

All Long Island State Parks will be temporarily closed Saturday morning as a safety precaution. Park visitors should check parks.ny.gov or call their local park office for the latest updates regarding park hours, openings, and closings New York State Park Police and park personnel are on alert and closely monitoring weather conditions and impacts. Sawyer crews are on standby to assist with emergency response 

Department of Public Service

New York’s utilities have approximately 5,550 workers available to engage in damage assessment, response, and restoration efforts across New York State. Agency staff will track utilities’ work throughout the event and ensure utilities shift appropriate staffing to regions anticipated to be most impacted.  

New York State Police

State Police are adding extra patrols to areas that are expected to be most affected by the storm, and are prepared to deploy additional Troopers as needed. All State Police four-wheel drive and specialized vehicles are staged and ready for immediate response, and all emergency power and communications equipment has been tested. 

New York Power Authority / Canal Corporation

The New York Power Authority and the Canal Corporation staff are performing preparations to ensure all facilities, assets and equipment are secured and ready. The Power Authority is prepared to support power restoration activities if needed.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

The MTA is closely monitoring weather conditions to ensure safe, reliable service. MTA employees will be poised to spread salt, clear platforms and stairs where ice exists, and keep signals, switches, and third rail operating, remove any downed trees that may fall across tracks, and attend to any weather-related challenges during the storm. 

Tomorrow, New York City Subways and Buses and the Metro-North Railroad expect to run on their normal weekend schedules. Articulated buses throughout New York City will be taken out of service on Saturday and replaced by 40-foot standard buses. All of those standard buses will be fitted with chains. MTA Bridges and Tunnels is advising motorists to use caution when driving on icy roadways and drive at reduced speeds.

The MTA continues to closely monitor the potential impact on the Long Island Rail Road.

Customers are encouraged to check new.mta.info for the latest service updates, and to use caution while navigating the system. Customers should also sign up for real-time service alerts via text or email. These alerts are also available via the MTA’s apps: MYmta, Long Island Rail Road Train Time and Metro-North Train Time.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The Port Authority is closely monitoring weather conditions and has mobilized personnel and equipment across its facilities to prepare for the nor’easter and significant snowfall. The accumulating snow is expected to cause delays and cancelations throughout the region. To facilitate snow removal across Port Authority facilities, the agency will have over 480 pieces of equipment and tools on hand including high-speed snow blowers, runway plows, and deicers. Speed restrictions may be in effect at the bridges, as well as along roadways to and from the crossings. 

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Source: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-declares-state-emergency-effective-8-pm-winter-storm-expected-bring-heavy-snow

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