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New Yorkers urged to prepare for strong arctic cold front

Staff Writer |
New Yorkers are urged to prepare for potentially dangerous outdoor conditions as a strong arctic cold front is forecasted to impact the state.


The front is expected to bring a wind chill that will push temperatures below zero degrees for most of New York.

New York's utilities have more than 5,000 workers on storm restoration
Additionally, Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the travel bans for tractor-trailers and buses in New York State will be lifted on NYS Thruway (I-87) South of Newburgh, I-287, I-684 and I-84.

As cold air moves in causing temperatures to dip below zero, drivers are urged to remain off the road as the threat of flash freezing becomes increasingly dangerous.

Gusty winds through tonight may lead to areas of blowing and drifting snow
Extremely cold air has now swept across the state; with wind chills of 25 to 35 below zero forecast upstate through Monday afternoon. This arctic blast is of significant concern in the Lower Hudson Valley where the dropping temperatures are likely to cause flash freezing on roads.

This complex winter storm left a general 10 to 15 inches of snow upstate with some areas in the Adirondacks reaching 20 inches of accumulation, followed by heavy rain in the south.

Gusty winds through tonight may lead to areas of blowing and drifting snow resulting in reduced visibility and snow-covered roadways.

Governor Cuomo directed the New York State Department of Transportation and the Thruway Authority to lift the travel ban for tractor-trailers and buses on I-87 south of I-84. The ban went into effect beginning 3:00 p.m. on Saturday as winter storm Harper impacted travel across the entire state.

Currently, there are 1,025 customers without power as a result of the storm. Of that, more than 600 of the outages are centered in Sullivan, Kings and Orange Counties.

New York's utilities have a total of more than 5,000 workers and contractors working on storm restoration efforts. This total includes over 700 contractors obtained through mutual assistance.

Con Edison has 608 line and tree workers on hand, Central Hudson has 229 line and tree workers on hand; PSEG Long Island has 980 line and tree workers; National Grid has 1510 line and tree workers on hand, NYSEG and RG&E have 1250 line and tree workers on hand, and O&R has 453 line and tree workers on hand.


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