Winter Storm Pax has dumped yet another blanket of snow on New York City, making the morning commute a messy one once again. The low pressure weather system hit the Mid Atlantic states late Wednesday night and made its way up the I-95 corridor to New York City around midnight. According to weather reports, the NYC area could see 6 to 10 inches of snow accumulation and the Hudson Valley and other areas north of the city could see up to 12 inches or even more in higher elevations. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo isn’t taking any chances as he prepares state agencies for the Nor’easter.
“I have again directed state agencies to prepare and coordinate resources for the Nor’easter that is forecasted for late tonight and into Thursday,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we have done in previous storms this season, the State is directing necessary resources to the areas in greatest need, and we will be flexible in our ability to redirect equipment and personnel as the storm reaches the state. I urge all New Yorkers to take appropriate steps to prepare for the storm, check on their families and friends, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, and to avoid any unnecessary travel. The best way to stay informed is to pay attention to local media outlets and heed any advice from local professional emergency management personnel.”
New York has 1,789 plows, 359 loaders, 4,185 operators and 291,000 tons of salt on the ready for the storm. The Metropolitan Transit Agency is making preparations for snow and ice that could cause delays for Thursday morning commuters. Straphangers should check the MTA website for updates on subway and bus service before leaving home, especially if the ride includes any of the 220 outdoor track miles on the subway system that are exposed to the weather conditions.
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is busy preparing for the storm and electric utilities will have 3,800 field workers on call to respond statewide. The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) is extending its helpline to assist customers. The helpline number is 1-800-342-3377.
Governor Cuomo has also ordered activation of the State Emergency Operation Center to monitor the storm to ensure that public safety is the number one priority.
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