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2,244 vehicles and 430,000 tons of salt ready for snow in New York

Staff Writer |
New Yorkers are urged to prepare for multiple storm systems that are forecasted to bring significant snowfall as well as bitter cold and dangerously low wind chills.

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The State Department of Transportation is ready to respond with 1,580 large plow trucks, 50 tow plows, 324 large loaders, 40 snowblowers, 20 graders, 197 medium duty and pickup trucks with plows, 33 tractor trailers and more than 430,000 tons of salt on hand.

This equipment, as well as nearly 3,900 operators and supervisors, are deployed across the state as necessary in advance of winter storms to help keep roads safe.

The first system will move into the state Thursday afternoon and will blanket much of upstate in snow, while the southern Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island regions should expect more of a wintery mix.

On Saturday, a second system is forecasted to bring another round of significant snowfall throughout the majority of the state.

During these storms, New Yorkers should also expect to experience slippery road conditions, as well as blowing and drifting snow during the Thursday evening and Friday morning commutes and over the course of the weekend.

Drivers are being urged to travel only when necessary and to do so with extreme caution.

Beginning Thursday afternoon, the first of two storm systems will move into the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions before spreading across the entire State during the evening hours.

A general two to five inches of snow can be expected throughout much of Upstate, while the Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island regions should expect a winter mix. By Friday morning, the precipitation will begin tailing off from west to east.

On Saturday afternoon, a second storm with significant snowfall is expected to begin moving west to east across the state, with the heaviest snow potential at this time projected to be Saturday evening through mid-day Sunday.

As the storm progresses, snow will transition to rain in the Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island regions as a system of warm air is expected to move in.

Given that the bulk of these systems are still days away, specific forecasts are still being refined.

While there are currently no warnings, watches or advisories posted by the National Weather Service, the State Emergency Operations Center has also been activated to enhanced monitoring mode out of an abundance of caution. New Yorkers should pay close attention to their local weather reports to stay updated with the latest information.

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