The region is hunkering down for its first significant storm of the winter, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
A blizzard watch will be in effect Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon for New York City and Long Island.
Some weather forecasters are predicting anywhere from 3 to 8 inches of snow for parts of the lower Hudson Valley -- and 6-12 inches for New York City and Long Island.
The governor plans to activate the state’s Emergency Operations Center Friday evening to monitor the storm and coordinate resource deployment.
The governor encouraged New Yorkers to plan ahead, avoid unnecessary travel and “above all – stay safe.”
Winds gusts of up to 60 mph could cause scattered power outages.
The MTA will take the following actions in anticipation of the storm:
- Subways: About 1,000 track workers will be deployed during the storm in addition to 800 station workers to keep stairs and platforms clear of snow. Some express subway lines will run on local tracks starting Friday night after rush hour.
- Buses: The MTA is deploying 37 snow-fighting vehicles to plow and salt bus stops. The Port Authority urges bus travelers to check with their carriers before going to the bus terminals.
- Bridges and tunnels: MTA Bridges and Tunnels has 9,180 tons of roadway deicer on hand and 100 pieces of snow-fighting equipment in service and available for storm fighting operations.
- Metro-North Railroad: Metro-North Railroad has three jet snow blowers, six cold air blowers and two tractor blower-spreaders to clear snow from tracks and third rails, in addition to 70 pickup truck plows, five backhoes and other large equipment to clear snow from stations and other areas.
- PATH: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has made extensive preparations for personnel and equipment at all of its facilities.
- Airports: 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.