Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged caution as multiple storm systems are forecasted to affect Eastern New York and the North Country. Traveling south, the storm is expected to bring 4-6 inches of snow to areas in the Southern Mohawk Valley, with points North and East receiving 1-2 inches of snow and rain in lower elevations. New Yorkers should travel with caution and prepare for the possibility of difficult road conditions.

“With so many preparing to travel for Thanksgiving celebrations, I urge all New Yorkers in the affected regions to use caution in the coming days,” Governor Cuomo said. “Snow, rain and other slippery conditions are predicted to hit much of this state, but we are ready and prepared to handle whatever Mother Nature sends our way.”

New Yorkers should plan accordingly and pay close attention to their local forecasts throughout the next 24 hours. For a complete listing of weather watches, warnings, advisories, and latest forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website.

Agency Preparations

Department of Transportation

The State Department of Transportation stands ready to respond to the upcoming weather event with more than 3,500 supervisors and operators available and prepared to respond.  

Statewide equipment numbers are as follows:

  • 1498 large plow trucks
  • 330 large loaders
  • 181 medium-duty plows
  • 52 tow plows
  • 20 graders
  • 39 snowblowers
  • 19 pickup trucks with plows
  • 33 tractor-trailers

Motorists are reminded to check 511NY before traveling at www.511NY.org or by downloading the mobile app. The free service allows users to check road conditions and features a winter travel advisory system with real-time travel reports and a color-coded map indicating which state roads are clear, wet or snow-covered. The system provides motorists with a helpful resource to determine if travel is advisable.

Thruway Authority 

The Thruway Authority has 678 supervisors and operators ready to deploy 209 Large Snow Plows, 110 Medium Snow Plows, 11 Tow Plows and 62 Loaders across the state with more than 121,500 tons of road salt on hand. Variable Message Signs, Highway Advisory Radio and social media are utilized to alert motorists of winter weather conditions on the Thruway.

The Thruway Authority is also encouraging motorists to download its mobile app which is available for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway here

Department of Environmental Conservation

Department of Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Forest Rangers, emergency management staff, and regional staff are on alert and monitoring the developing situation and checking sensitive areas and infrastructure. In addition, all available assets, including utility vehicles, are ready to assist with any emergency response.

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation regional crews are monitoring the storm and ready to assist as needed. Emergency response equipment will be fueled and prepared for operation and staff will monitor conditions throughout the day.

New York State Police 

The New York State Police have readied assets including all 4x4s, high-axle vehicles and boats for deployment as needed. Troopers have been instructed to remain on high alert and to closely monitor flood prone areas for rising waters while on patrol.

If traveling during heavy rain, please drive with care and keep these safety tips in mind:

  • DO NOT attempt to drive over a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
  • DO NOT underestimate the destructive power of fast-moving water. Two feet of fast-moving flood water will float your car. Water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge.
  • Leave early to avoid being marooned on flooded roads.
  • Follow the recommended routes. DO NOT ignore emergency detours to view flooded areas.
  • As you travel, monitor NOAA Weather Radio and local radio broadcasts for the latest information.
  • Watch for washed-out roads, earth-slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and falling or fallen objects.
  • Watch for areas where rivers or streams may suddenly rise and flood, such as highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
  • If you are in your car and water begins to rise rapidly around you, abandon the vehicle immediately.

Prepare for flooding and severe weather:

  • Know the county in which you live and the names of nearby cities. Severe weather warnings are issued on a county basis.
  • Learn the safest route from your home or business to high, safe ground should you have to leave in a hurry.
  • Develop and practice a ‘family escape’ plan and identify a meeting place if family members become separated.
  • Make an itemized list of all valuables including furnishings, clothing and other personal property. Keep the list in a safe place.
  • Stockpile emergency supplies of canned food, medicine, and first aid supplies and drinking water. Store drinking water in clean, closed containers
  • Plan what to do with your pets.
  • Have a portable radio, flashlights, extra batteries and emergency cooking equipment available.
  • Keep your automobile fueled. If electric power is cut off, gasoline stations may not be able to pump fuel for several days. Have a small disaster supply kit in the trunk of your car.
  • Find out how many feet your property is above and below possible flood levels. When predicted flood levels are broadcast, you can determine if you may be flooded.
  • Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber handy for emergency water-proofing

Have disaster supplies on hand, including:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Emergency food and water
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Essential medicines
  • Checkbook, cash, credit cards, ATM cards

For more safety tips for all types of weather events, visit the DHSES website at www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/index.cfm