National Guard activated, New York expects heavy snowfall
The heaviest of the snowfall will be overnight Saturday through the day Sunday. The Governor has activated 300 members of the National Guard, with 150 on standby, who will be deployed to provide transportation support and assistance with debris clearance.
Governor Cuomo has announced a new public education campaign to promote safe driving
Additionally, the Governor has announced that the State Department of Transportation has launched a new public education campaign to promote safe driving in winter conditions.
A new website, videos and social media will encourage motorists to drive safely in snow and ice conditions, and urge drivers to give snow plows enough space to operate safely.
New Yorkers should expect a general 12 to 24 inches of snowfall throughout Upstate New York over the weekend with Winter Storm Warnings across all of Upstate. The storm will begin to roll in from the southwest Saturday morning and overspread the State Saturday afternoon into evening.
New York City can expect three to six inches of snowfall before a transition to rain
New York City can expect three to six inches of snowfall before a transition to rain Saturday evening. On Long Island, two to five inches of snowfall can be expected before it transitions to rain.
In the Mid-Hudson Region, the precipitation will transition from all snow to a mix of snow, rain, and ice pellets. The remainder of the State is expected to remain all snow. Winds gusts may reach 35 m.p.h. at times as the system moves through.
Downstate areas will see the transition to rain early in the morning Sunday, which will help to melt away some of the snow in New York City and on Long Island. In the Mid-Hudson Region, the transition from snow will not be as clean as downstate, which will lead to a mix of precipitation types before the transition back to snow. ■