NEW YORK -- Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued a travel advisory ahead of a nor'easter that expected to hit the tri-state area Sunday just in time to spoil the first day of spring.
“The city is expecting around two to four inches of snow, which can cause slippery conditions Sunday afternoon and evening,” said Mayor de Blasio. “We’re urging New Yorkers to allow for extra travel time, drive slowly and exercise caution when walking or biking.”
According to forecasts, snow may develop during the day on Sunday, with the potential for 2-4 inches of accumulation through early Monday morning. Daytime temperatures Sunday are expected to be in the mid-30s and will drop to near freezing Sunday night.
New Yorkers are asked to exercise caution and be prepared for slippery roads. As nighttime temperatures drop to below freezing, untreated surfaces can cause slick conditions. Please allow for extra travel time during your commutes.
Accumulations in the city and Central New Jersey will be around 2-4 inches. The Eastern End of Long Island will get 4-6 inches as the storm intensifies in New England. Interior sections of Northern New Jersey will get anywhere from a coating to 2 inches.
Keep in mind, with the higher angle of the sun in March, accumulations will be harder to take place on area roadways and should be confined to grassy surfaces. After 5 p.m., the snow will then have the best time to accumulate on paved surfaces.
Eventually, the snow will taper off Monday morning and the sun will break out in the afternoon. Temperatures will climb into the 40s allowing for the snow to melt.
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 in 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.
• 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. 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.