WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Westchester and downstate New York residents to prepare for blizzard conditions and plan in advance for "major disruptions" during the Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the greater area effective through Tuesday night with 18-24 inches of snow accumulation possible. For more on the timing of the storm, click here.
Cuomo has directed all state agencies to prepare for the snowstorm and have equipment and resources in areas forecasted to be hit the hardest.
"We will continue to monitor the storm's path as it approaches New York, and I urge people to pay attention to changing weather advisories as they prepare for the snow," Cuomo said in a statement Sunday.
Saff will be on hand at State Emergency Operations Centers in Hawthorne as well as Albany and Hauppauge on Long Island throughout the storm to coordinate with all the affected counties and New York City.
State equipment ready for this storm includes at least 1,806 plows and more than 126,000 tons of salt divided across the region, Cuomo said.
The National Guard will have more than 70 personnel and 20 vehicles stationed throughout the region beginning Monday morning for 24-hour operations. The stations include the National Guard’s Peekskill location and Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh.
New York State Police are ready to deploy 50 4x4 vehicles, eight all-terrain vehicles and eight snowmobiles in the region.
The New York State Thruway has activated its emergency operations center and will have 338 snowplows, 18 snowblowers, 55 front-end loaders and approximately 126,000 tons of salt.
New York State's Department of Transportation has activated its emergency operations center and is mobilizing additional equipment from around the state, including 162 plows and nearly 388 operators and supervisors.
The MTA will begin storing trains underground Monday night to protect the fleet from the elements. Extra crews will be on hand to ensure safety at stations across the region.
All MTA buses will have either chains or snow tires by Monday afternoon. Normal bus service will proceed Monday morning and the MTA will make scheduling adjustments as the storm progresses through Tuesday.
With a storm of this magnitude, airlines typically cancel flights in advance, so travelers should check with their carriers to make sure their flight will be taking off before going to the airport.
For winter safety tips, visit the NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/publicsafety/winter.cfm .
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