ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to prepare for the impact of a winter storm which is anticipated to hit most parts of the State tonight and early tomorrow morning.
“With another winter storm expected to impact communities across the State, I am urging all New Yorkers to exercise caution when traveling,” Governor Cuomo said. “State agencies are ready and prepared to respond to worsening weather conditions, but I encourage all New Yorkers to plan ahead for delays and remain safe throughout the storm.”
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has a total of 1,444 plows and 3,629 operators and supervisors available for this storm. The Department has shifted a total of 40 plows and 91 operators and supervisors to the Hudson Valley and Long Island to assist with snow removal in those regions. There are also 32 plows from contractors and 10 plows from NYS Parks available in Long Island if needed. Other crews are ready to be shifted within regions to deal with heavier accumulation amounts as necessary. Statewide, NYSDOT has 325,000 tons of road salt on hand.
The New York State Thruway Authority has a total of 198 seven-ton plow trucks available across the State, and approximately 119,000 tons of road salt on hand with ample supply at all locations. The Authority will be pretreating roadways with a salt mixture that is specially formulated to be effective at lower temperatures, and variable message signs are warning drivers regarding the storm.