Governor Andrew Cuomo today issued an update on state actions in response to the winter storm that is currently impacting New York, including the deployment of emergency personnel, resources and equipment to strategic staging areas across the state. The State Emergency Operations Center in Albany is activated with Office of Emergency Management personnel and is in close communication with the National Weather Service as the storm continues to cause dangerous travel conditions as a result of the heavy, accumulating snow. Additionally, this morning, the Governor visited the Albany NYSDOT garage in Latham as workers prepared for deployment to clear the roads and keep motorists safe.
"New York's plow operators and crews, first responders, and emergency personnel work around the clock in dangerous conditions to keep New Yorkers safe and they have our tremendous respect," Governor Cuomo said. "As the storm continues and our response efforts are underway, I urge New Yorkers to follow local weather reports and avoid unnecessary travel."
Most of the state is under a Winter Weather Warning, with a few Winter Weather Advisories also in effect. Snow started this morning and will continue throughout the day. New York City, Long Island and the Mid-Hudson Region have been experiencing a mixture of sleet and freezing rain. Snowfall totals will range from 4 to 10 inches for most of the state, with some areas in the Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier, Central New York, Finger Lakes and Western New York possibly experiencing up to 12 inches. Heavy snowfall is expected at times this afternoon with snowfall rates greater than an inch an hour possible as the system moves quickly across the state. Poor visibility and hazardous travel conditions can be expected and there is a potential for heavy snowfall during the evening rush hour.
For a complete list of Weather Warnings for your area, visit the National Weather Service website.
Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo