The NYC Emergency Management Department Issues Travel Advisory

February 27, 2023

The New York City Emergency Management Department today issued a travel advisory through Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for New York City in effect from 6 p.m. tonight to 1 p.m. Tuesday. According to the latest forecast, light snow is expected in the area beginning around 6 p.m. tonight with heavier and steadier snowfall between 8 p.m. and midnight. During that time snowfall rates of an inch per hour are possible. Snow is expected to transition to a mix of snow, sleet, and rain after midnight. These conditions may continue through the morning commute and cause hazardous travel and transportation disruptions. A total accumulation of 2 to 4 inches of snow is forecast, with upwards of 5 inches possible in the Bronx and Northern Manhattan. Wind gusts of 30-35 mph are also expected late tonight through mid-morning tomorrow. New Yorkers are urged to exercise caution while traveling overnight through the morning commute. If you must travel, we encourage the use of mass transit.

“We are expecting our first significant snowfall of the season. While most of the impacts will occur during the overnight hours, conditions will remain hazardous through the early morning,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol. “We encourage all New Yorkers to use mass transit, allow for extra travel time, and exercise caution tonight into tomorrow morning’s commute.”

“New Yorkers may have gotten out of the habit of dealing with snow, but DSNY is as ready as ever, preparing to deploy tonight as needed. We ask all New Yorkers to stay off the roads and allow our team to do their important work,” said Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch.

The City’s Sanitation Department has issued a Snow Alert and is pre-deploying over 700 salt spreaders to pretreat roadways at the first snowflake. In the event that more than two inches of snow accumulates, DSNY has 2,000 plowable vehicles ready to dispatch, for both car lanes and bike lanes.


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Safety Tips

  • Allow for extra travel time. New Yorkers are urged to use public transportation. 
  • If you must drive, drive slowly. Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible.
  • Vehicles take longer to stop on snow and ice than on dry pavement.
  • 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.  

For more safety tips, visit NYC.gov/SevereWeather. New Yorkers are also encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City’s free emergency notification system, to stay informed about the latest weather updates and other emergencies.

To learn more about the Notify NYC program or to sign up, visit NYC.gov/NotifyNYC, call 311, or download the free app for your Android or Apple device. You can also follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.

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