New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last night, Feb. 7, The New York State Emergency Operations Center will be activated at noon today in anticipation of a major snowstorm forecasted to bring blizzard conditions to most of the state.
New Yorkers, particularly in the New York metro area, Long Island and the Hudson Valley can expect transportation disruptions, power outages and other difficulties. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph are forecasted for the Long Island area, and residents may experience downed trees, battering waves and coastal flooding. Up to two feet of snow is expected to accumulate before the storm moves out of New York State early Saturday morning.
"I urge New Yorkers to closely watch local news reports for weather updates and adjust their travel plans accordingly, including avoiding non-essential travel during and directly after the storm since roads will be icy with blizzard conditions in some places.” — Governor Andrew Cuomo
Cuomo urges New Yorkers that must drive during the storm to exercise extreme care. Assume that roads and bridges are icy, do not follow snowplows too closely and never attempt to pass a snowplow, as the road ahead of a plow is most likely covered in snow. Drivers that become snowbound should not attempt to leave their vehicles. Before heading out, travelers should inform someone of their travel plans.
The Emergency Operations Center coordinates the activities of transportation authorities, the State Police and utility companies as they respond to the emergency. The New York Power Authority has assigned extra personnel for the storm’s duration and has line crews ready to dispatch should the snow and wind bring down power lines.