Governor Kathy Hochul today warned New Yorkers of potentially hazardous conditions due to wintry weather during the busiest day of the year for travel. A storm system will impact areas in the North Country, Capital District, and Central NY beginning late Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday with rain, snow, and freezing rain or sleet in some locations, while other locations around the state, especially the New York City area, should see mostly rain.

Areas in the North Country and at higher elevations are forecast to receive snow or a rain/snow mix on Tuesday evening before changing over to plain rain by Wednesday morning. Minor snow and ice accumulations will likely result in hazardous travel conditions, especially during the overnight and early morning hours, until temperatures warm on Wednesday morning. Winds are also expected to be gusty statewide, with some gusts up to 35 mph in some places, especially Western NY, the North Country, and the New York City area.

“We are watching a storm system that could cause slippery conditions on roadways during the busiest travel day of the year, and I encourage New Yorkers to plan accordingly,” Governor Hochul said. “While this state is no stranger to winter weather, it is always better to be prepared than to find yourself stranded or stuck. New York State agencies are prepared to assist local communities as needed, and we will continue to monitor the forecast.”

The storm system is expected to arrive Tuesday evening, with precipitation beginning as a rain/snow mix in several locations. Most valley areas should see a quick change to all rain, while areas in the North Country, especially high-terrain areas, may see snow through the night. There is a possibility of sleet or freezing rain in the higher terrain of the Adirondacks. Winds will be gusty statewide on Tuesday night, with some gusts up to 35 mph.

For a complete listing of weather alerts and forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website at https://alerts.weather.gov. New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts by subscribing to NY Alert at https://alert.ny.gov, a free service providing critical emergency information to their cell phone or computer.

For more winter safety tips, visit https://dhses.ny.gov/safety. For all non-emergency service needs in New York State before, during, or after a storm, call 211 or visit 211nys.org.