Governor Cuomo Urges Caution as Remnants of Hurricane Zeta Will Combine with Cold Front to Create Hazardous Travel Conditions Beginning Thursday Morning
Several Inches of Snow Possible in Northern NYS and Higher Elevations; Mixed Precipitation and High Winds in Lower Elevations and Southern Parts of NYS
New Yorkers Urged to Practice Extra Caution When Traveling as Snow and Mixed Precipitation May Cause Slippery Surfaces
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to use caution as Hurricane Zeta threatens to combine with cold Canadian air to produce snow showers and mixed precipitation across the state starting Thursday morning and lasting through Friday. Northern parts of the state and higher elevations may see several inches of accumulating snow in local areas depending on the track of the storm. Southern areas of the state and lower elevations will likely experience an inch or more of rain and mixed precipitation, while New York City and Long Island could see up to two inches of rain and wind gusts of 40 mph. New Yorkers are urged to exercise caution as precipitation combined with cold temperatures may cause hazardous travel including slippery surfaces.
“New Yorkers are well accustomed to intense October storms and this one has the potential to deliver a mixed medley of cold rain, wind and snow across much of the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our state emergency response assets are prepared to assist our local partners if needed. I am asking all travelers to review seasonal safety tips and slow down on our roadways during this storm.”
On Thursday night, there is a chance of rain showers across much of the state while snow showers could pop up in the Capital, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Western New York regions. Temperatures will range from the low-20s to the low-40s with winds out of the north at 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph in the Capital and Mid-Hudson regions and 30 mph in New York City and Long Island regions. New rainfall amounts of a half to three quarters of an inch are possible throughout the state, with snow accumulations of less than a half-inch expected in the Capital, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier and Western New York regions.
On Friday, there is a chance of snow showers in the Capital, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier, and Western New York regions, with amounts of up to a half-inch possible. Temperatures will range in the mid-30s to the low-50s, and winds will generally be out of the north at 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph in the Capital Region and 40 mph in the NYC and Long Island Regions.
There are no current watches or warnings issued for this weather event, but this could change as the system moves closer overnight. New Yorkers are urged to stay alert and monitor local weather forecasts for changing conditions.