Travel Advisory and Winter Weather Advisory for Friday, February 5

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Good afternoon AWS Partners,

The Advance Warning System disseminates information to New Yorkers with disabilities and others with access and functional needs through their service providers. Please share the important information below with your clients and other agencies or individuals to empower them to make informed decisions.

The New York City Emergency Management Department today issued a travel advisory for Friday, February 5, 2016. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 1:00 AM through 10:00 AM Friday. Rain is expected to begin around 7:00 PM Thursday and will change over to snow around 3:00 AM Friday. Snow will continue through the early morning commute and will taper off around 10:00 AM. A total snow accumulation of 2-4 inches is predicted, with the heaviest snow expected to fall between 3:00 AM and 9:00 AM Friday. Temperatures Thursday night are forecast to be at or below freezing. Daytime temperatures Friday will be in the low 40s, but nighttime temperatures will drop to the high 20s, creating the potential for slick road conditions. New Yorkers are asked to exercise caution and be prepared for limited visibility and slippery road conditions. Please allow for extra travel time during the morning and evening commutes.

Treating Roadways and Snow Preparation

New Yorkers are encouraged to take the following precautions:

For Motorists

The NYC Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert beginning 1:00 AM Friday, February 5, 2016 and is pre-deploying 579 salt spreaders across the five boroughs. In addition, DSNY will have 1000 plows available in anticipation of any plowing needs (more than 2 inches of accumulation).

1000 Sanitation workers will be assigned to the overnight shift.

The Department of Transportation will deploy anti-icing units to each of the East River bridges.


Alternate Side Parking rules are suspended for Friday, February 5, 2016.

New Yorkers are also encouraged to take the following precautions:

  • Drive slowly. Vehicles take longer to stop on snow and ice than on dry pavement.
  • Four-wheel drive vehicles may make it easier to drive on snow-covered roads, but they do not stop quicker than other vehicles.
  • Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible.
  • Know your vehicle's braking system. Vehicles with anti-lock brakes require a different braking technique than vehicles without anti-lock brakes snowy conditions.
  • If you are driving and begin to skid, ease your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go. Straighten the wheel when the car moves in the desired direction. If you have an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply steady pressure to the brake pedal. Never pump the brakes on an ABS equipped vehicle.
  • 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.
  • If you get stuck on the road, stay with your car and contact a towing company.
  • Seniors should take extra care outdoors to avoid slips and falls.

More Information:

To report any hazardous conditions (including on sidewalks or roadways), call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) or visit General weather information and status updates are also available by texting 311-NYC (311-692), the 311 Mobile App, and @NYC311 on Twitter. 311 is available 24 hours a day and provides translation services for up to 180 languages. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

For more information about keeping Pets safe during the winter please see this information from the ASPCA.

NYC Emergency Management Human Services Unit:

Human Services email distribution list:

Eli Fresquez
Senior Human Services DAFN Planner
Cell: 347-386-0389

Sonia Ajwani
Human Services Emergency Support Function Coordinator
Cell: 347-266-0204

Roseann Mastrandrea
Human Services Emergency Support Function Coordinator
Cell: 646-628-7754

February 04, 2016