Today may mark the first day of Spring but the National Weather Service and NYC Office of Emergency Management have issued a winter storm warning in effect from midnight tonight through 8am, Thursday, March 22.
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet, and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible. Strong winds are also expected.
New Yorkers should expect a heavy mix of winter precipitation that transitions into heavy snow. Accumulations of 7 to 10 inches are expected, with localized amounts up to 13 inches, and light ice accumulations.
Strong winds may cause power outages and/or tree branches to fall. Expect significant reductions in visibility at times.
Commuters are advised to use caution when walking, bicycling, or driving. If you must drive, the National Weather Service suggests keeping an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency and checking NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) information services for the latest road conditions.
— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) March 20, 2018
Track the progress of NYC Department of Sanitation plow vehicles at PlowNYC.
The NYC Dept. of Sanitation has issued a Snow Alert for Tuesday, March 20 at 1 p.m. ❄ Snow fighting equipment will be ready for the winter weather. ❄ More: https://t.co/7NuMCpvL8F pic.twitter.com/VdNtLOATxe
— NYC Sanitation (@NYCSanitation) March 19, 2018
To prepare for a power outage, NYC Emergency Management advises New Yorkers to:
- Charge cell phones
- Gather supplies
- Turn refrigerator/freezers to a colder setting
During an outage:
- Stay clear of downed power lines
- Turn off all appliances
- Keep refrigerator/freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage
- Do not use generators indoors
- If you have a disability/access needs, or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, call 911