Governor Kathy Hochul today urged New Yorkers across the state to prepare for a major weather system that is forecast to bring rain, gusty winds, and snow to most areas. Beginning late Sunday, moderate to heavy rain is expected to impact most of the state with rainfall totals from 1-3 inches expected for most areas and the potential for up to five inches in isolated, elevated areas. Rain will eventually transition to heavy, wet snow during the event with higher amounts of snow expected in the North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, and Mid-Hudson regions. The combination of heavy, wet snow with strong winds may lead to hazardous travel and power outages in some areas. Statewide wind gusts are expected to be strongest downstate, particularly along the south shores of Long Island with up to 50 mph gusts, although isolated, stronger gusts are possible in some locations. New Yorkers should use extra caution when traveling in impacted areas, especially during commuting hours on Monday.

“This weekend, we are watching a major weather system bringing rain, snow, and gusty winds that could cause some dangerous issues for New Yorkers, including flooding, dangerous travel, and power outages,” Governor Hochul said. “I have directed state agencies to monitor this weather system throughout its duration and be ready to respond to any requests for assistance. I urge all New Yorkers to prepare now and plan for the next couple of days as the forecast comes into clearer view.”

Lake effect snow is also forecasted on Monday downwind of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario into Central New York, the western and southern Adirondacks, and the Catskills. Off Lake Erie, peak snowfall rates of up to two inches of snow an hour with up to a foot of snow is expected for areas south of Buffalo. For areas near Lake Ontario, peak snowfall rates of up to three inches per hour are expected, possibly impacting Syracuse around the Monday evening commute. New Yorkers should monitor the weather for their area throughout the weekend as forecasts will continue to develop over the next couple of days.

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 your cell phone or computer.

For real-time travel information, motorists should call 511 or visit https://www.511ny.org or the mobile site at m.511ny.org, New York State’s official traffic and travel information source.

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.