Friday Dec 09, 2022

Governor Hochul Directs State Agencies to Prepare Emergency Response Assets as Combination of Extreme Cold Weather and a Potential Snowstorm are Expected to Impact the State this Weekend –


Governor Kathy Hochul today directed state agencies to prepare emergency response assets as extreme cold temperatures and increasing winds push across the state today, dropping temperatures and wind chill values to dangerous levels tonight through Saturday. Wind chill warnings are in effect from 7 p.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Saturday with wind chill values expected to drop as low as -20 degrees across Western New York and -40 degrees in the North Country and along Lake Ontario. Low temperatures will range from 10 to -20 degrees across the state. Emergency response officials are also monitoring a possible snowstorm that is forecast to begin Sunday evening and last into Monday, bringing heavy snow to several regions across the state and potential coastal flooding to parts of Long Island.

“New Yorkers should prepare now for a serious blast of arctic air tonight and Saturday,” Governor Hochul said. “Temperatures and wind chill values like these can be both dangerous and damaging, so limit your exposure and layer-up if you must venture outside, especially our Bills fans in Orchard Park Saturday night. Our state’s Emergency Operations Center is also monitoring the forecast for a possible snowstorm that could hit Sunday night and last into Monday, and we stand ready to assist local governments should they need help.”

Wind Chill warnings and advisories are currently in effect across the State through Saturday morning.  A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for multiple counties in the Western NY, Finger Lakes, Central NY, Southern Tier, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, and Mid-Hudson regions. 

Forecasts call for a winter storm to impact the state on Sunday evening into Monday, but there remains uncertainty for precipitation types and amounts.  New Yorkers are encouraged to monitor the forecast as details become clearer over the weekend. For a complete listing of weather advisories in your area, visit your area’s National Weather Service website.

Agency Preparations

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Emergency Operations Center is activated and will closely monitor conditions, coordinate response operations, and remain in contact with localities throughout the duration of the event. State stockpiles are prepared to deploy assets to localities to support any storm-related needs, including pumps, chainsaws, sandbags, generators, cots, blankets, and bottled water.

Department of Transportation

The State Department of Transportation is responding to the current weather event in multiple regions with the following assets:

  • 1602 large snow plows
  • 323 large loaders
  • 150 medium duty plows
  • 51 tow plows
  • 39 snow blowers
  • 23 pickup trucks with plows
  • 19 graders

For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit or download the free 511NY mobile app.

Thruway Authority

The Thruway Authority has 681 operators and supervisors ready to respond with 248 large snow plows, 116 medium snow plows, 10 tow plows and 66 loaders across the state with more than 118,000 tons of road 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 and navigation assistance while on the go. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails which …….


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