The New York City Emergency Management Department today issued a travel advisory for Monday, April 2, 2018. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for New York City in effect from 2 a.m. through 2 p.m. Monday. A cold front is forecast to bring two to four inches of snow to the NYC area on Monday. Snow is expected to accumulate on grassy surfaces, with limited accumulation on roadways. Snow is forecast to transition into a wintry mix late Monday morning.
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow may cause travel difficulties. New Yorkers should prepare for slippery roads and are asked to use caution when driving, walking, or biking.
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- 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 in snowy conditions.
- If you are driving and begin to skid, ease your foot off the gas and steer in the direction that 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.
- Try to keep your vehicle’s gas tank as full as possible.
- Keep the name and phone number of at least one local towing service in your car in case you break down or become stuck.
- 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.
- Seniors should take extra care outdoors to avoid slips and falls.
- Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections.
New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City’s free emergency communications program, for the latest information and updates on weather and emergency events in NYC. To sign up for Notify NYC, download the free mobile application, visit NYC.gov/NotifyNYC, call 311, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.