Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on Statewide Winter Storm Impacts and State Agency Response

Agency Preparations

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Emergency Operations Center is activated and closely monitoring weather and travel conditions, coordinating State agency response operations, and communicating with local governments during the event. The state’s stockpiles are prepared to deploy assets to localities to support any storm-related needs, including pumps, chainsaws, sandbags, generators, cots, blankets, and bottled water.

Department of Transportation

The State Department of Transportation is responding with the following assets:

  • 1,748 large- and medium-duty plow trucks
  • 328 large loaders
  • 51 tow plows
  • 39 snow blowers
  • 23 pickup trucks with a plow
  • 18 graders

Twenty-seven personnel from Long Island will be deployed to other regions as follows:

  • The Capital Region is receiving 7 snow plow operators and 2 equipment operator instructors.
  • Central NY is receiving 8 snow plow operators and 1 supervisor.
  • The Southern Tier is receiving 8 snow plow operators and 1 supervisor.

Fifty-six generators were deployed to areas expected to experience freezing rain and are staged in anticipation of responding to any dark signals.

Twenty-one sawyer crews from the Department of Environmental Conservation and Parks are staged and on-call to assist DOT tree removal operations.

Tow services are being utilized at the following locations: US 20 (Madison), I-81 (Onondaga), US 20 (Onondaga), I-390 (Steuben), I-86 (Chemung), I-84 (Orange), I-684 (Putnam), I-81 (Broome), I-88 (Broome), NY 17 (Broome), and NY 17 (Sullivan). The need for additional tow services will be reevaluated as the event develops.

For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit www.511NY.org or download the free 511NY mobile app.

Thruway Authority

The Thruway Authority is actively engaged in snow and ice operations with 677 operators and supervisors available statewide, along with the following assets:

  • 356 large- and medium-duty plow trucks
  • 11 tow plows
  • 68 loaders
  • More than 119,000 tons of salt on hand

Three trucks have been redeployed to the Syracuse Division, from the Thruway’s New York Division, to assist with the response.

Variable Message Signs and social media are utilized to alert motorists of winter weather conditions on the Thruway.

The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app which is available for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway here.

Department of Environmental Conservation

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Forest Rangers, Emergency Management staff and regional staff are on alert and monitoring the developing situation and actively patrolling areas and infrastructure impacted by severe weather.

All available assets, including sawyers, are positioned to assist with any emergency response.

DEC is advising backcountry users to be aware of and prepared for avalanche conditions due to weather that could increase the risk of avalanches on slides or steep, open terrain. More information is available here.

DEC reminds those responsible for the large-scale removal and disposal of snow to follow best management practices to help reduce the potential for pollutants like salt, sand, oils, trash and other debris in snow from affecting water quality. More information is available here.

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

New York State Park Police and park personnel are on alert and closely monitoring weather conditions and impacts. Park visitors should check parks.ny.gov or call their local park office for the latest updates regarding park hours, opening, and closings.

Department of Public Service

The storm continues to impact the Mid-Hudson and southeastern Capital District regions of the state causing new damage and outages in the region, especially in Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia, and Orange counties. Central Hudson and NYSEG are responding to 9-1-1 and downed wire emergency jobs and engaged in restoration efforts where it is safe to do so, even as new outages continue to be incurred by the storm. Central Hudson secured 30 additional contract FTEs who will arrive in the region later this afternoon; this is in addition to 125 mutual assistance FTEs from neighboring utilities.

The total number of customer outages statewide is 48,500.

New York State Police

State Police will be closely monitoring conditions and will be prepared to deploy additional Troopers as needed. All State Police four-wheel drive and specialized vehicles, including snowmobiles and utility terrain vehicles, are staged and ready for immediate response.

New York Power Authority / Canal Corporation

The New York Power Authority and the Canal Corporation staff are performing preparations to ensure all facilities, assets and equipment are secured and ready. The Power Authority is prepared to support power restoration activities if needed.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is closely monitoring weather conditions to ensure safe, reliable service. MTA employees will be positioned to spread salt and clear platforms and stairs of ice, keep signals, switches, and third rail operating. MTA Bridges and Tunnels is advising motorists to drive at reduced speeds.

Customers are encouraged to check new.mta.info for the latest service updates, and to use caution while navigating the system. Customers should also sign up for real-time service alerts via text or email. These alerts are also available via the MTA’s apps: MYmta, Long Island Rail Road Train Time and Metro-North Train Time.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The Port Authority is monitoring weather conditions. Speed ​​restrictions may be in effect at the bridges, as well as along roadways to and from the crossings. Passengers through the Port Authority’s facilities are encouraged to reach out to carriers and airlines directly for the latest information on delays and cancellations. For the latest information about Port Authority facilities, please check social media, sign up for PA alerts or download one of the PA mobile apps, including RidePATH which provides real-time updates and alerts for PATH service.

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