New York Governor Urges to Prepare For Heavy Snow

Governor Hochul Urges New Yorkers to Prepare For Heavy Snow, Ice and Wind through Monday

New York (STL.News) Governor Kathy Hochul urged New Yorkers to prepare for winter weather expected to bring heavy snow in some areas and a mix of ice and rain in other locations starting Sunday evening and continuing through Monday afternoon.  Snowfall rates could reach up to three inches per hour at times with total snow accumulations of 18 inches or more in Western New York, Finger Lakes and the North Country.  Other regions will see either heavy snow or a mix of snow, ice and rain.  Winds gusting as high as 45 mph are expected to produce blowing and drifting snow throughout the weather event, and the combination of these elements will cause difficult travel conditions and the potential for power outages.  Due to inclement weather, all state COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites north of Rockland County will be closed.  Individuals with appointments will receive notice of cancellations and information on how to reschedule.

“New York is poised to experience one of the largest storms so far this winter and our crews are out in full force preparing our roadways and staging critical assets,”  Governor Hochul said.  “With freezing temperatures persisting and heavy snowfall forecasted, I’m urging all New York’s to pay close attention to their local forecasts and avoid unnecessary travel throughout the duration of the storm.”

Snow is expected to begin falling Sunday evening, moving south to north across the state with the heaviest snowfall taking place overnight into the early morning hours.  From late Sunday to early Monday, some areas could see a wintry mix of snow, ice and rain, and then a change back to snow by Monday morning.  Total snow accumulations range from 6-20″ and ice accumulation up to a tenth of an inch is possible in upstate regions.

State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Acting Commissioner Jackie Bray said,  “New Yorkers should pay close attention to their local forecast over the next 24 hours and be prepared for hazardous travel conditions upstate on Monday.  The Office of Emergency Management and our State agency partners will be fully engaged over the holiday to ensure we have appropriate resources to respond to this storm and we’re prepared to assist local governments, as necessary.”

Winter Weather warnings and advisories are currently in effect across the State through Monday night for multiple counties in the Western NY, Finger Lakes, Central NY, Southern Tier, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, and Mid-Hudson regions.  Coastal Flood Warnings are in effect for New York City, Long Island, and southern Westchester County through Monday.

For a complete listing of weather advisories in your area, visit your area’s National Weather Service website.