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NYC Emergency Management Department Issues Travel Advisory for Late Saturday through Sunday as potential for freezing rain could create dangerous road conditions.

DSNY Issues ‘Winter Operations Advisory’ for Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 1 p.m.

February 13, 2021 - Due to the chance of snow in the weather forecast, the New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a Winter Operations Advisory for Saturday, February 13 starting at 1:00 p.m. Snow is expected beginning Saturday afternoon and may continue as snow or freezing rain through as late as Sunday mid-day. The Department began pre-treating roadways with salt and brine early Saturday morning, and salt spreaders will continue working through the storm.

The combination of sleet and freezing rain could create dangerous roadway conditions on Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday. New Yorkers are strongly advised to avoid any unnecessary roadway travel.

The Department is coordinating with other City agencies on snow clearing protocol in accordance with each agency’s written snow plan. All relevant city agencies have been notified and the Department will continue to monitor forecasts as the snow event approaches. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for New York City in effect from 1 p.m. Saturday through 10 a.m. Sunday.  

The New York City Emergency Management Department has issued a travel advisory for New York City from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening. The potential for freezing rain could create dangerous road conditions. New Yorkers are advised to avoid driving and use mass transit where possible. Remember to wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines. If you must drive, exercise extreme caution as roads may be slippery due to the freezing rain. Allow for extra travel time.  

Safety Tips

  • Stay off the roads as much as possible. If you must travel, use mass transit. Remember to wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • If you must drive, drive slowly. Allow for extra travel time, and exercise caution when traveling. Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible. Pedestrians should exercise caution and avoid slippery surfaces; some ice may not be visible. Wear sturdy boots that provide traction to reduce slipping. Use handrails when using stairs.
  • Take care when walking on snow and ice, especially if you are an older adult. Seniors should take extra care outdoors to avoid slips and falls.
  • Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections.
  • If you have to go outdoors, wear dry, warm clothing and cover exposed skin. Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered. Wear a hat, hood, scarf, and gloves. Stay alert for signs of hypothermia, like intense shivering or dizziness, and anyone who experiences these symptoms should seek medical attention or call 911.
  • Be careful when shoveling snow. Follow your doctor’s advice if you have heart disease or high blood pressure. Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who may need help in cold weather — especially older adults or people with disabilities — to make sure they are safe inside and have heat.
  • Immediately tell your building superintendent, property manager or owner if you do not have heat. Call 311 if the problem is not fixed quickly and go to a warm place, such as a friend’s or family member’s home (while maintaining proper physical distance and wearing a face mask). If you stay at home, wear layers of clothing.
  • Improper use of portable heating equipment can lead to fire or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Take precautions to ensure you are heating your home safely. Do not heat your home with a gas stove or oven, charcoal grill, or kerosene, propane, or oil-burning heaters.

New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City’s free emergency communications program, for the latest information and updates on this storm and emergency events in NYC. To sign up for Notify NYC, download the free mobile application, visit, call 311, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter. All winter weather information and information about the City’s response to the storm can be found by visiting the City’s Severe Weather website at or by calling 311.   

Find information on Sanitation snow operations along with residents’ responsibilities during and after snow at

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February 13, 2021