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Winter storm preps in place, but one glitch has feds reminding you to stay with PIX11 for info

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – The National Weather Service warns of “near blizzard” conditions for our area Thursday into Friday, and it also says, because of an ongoing communications problem, that staying in contact with media outlets like PIX11 News and pix11.com is the best way to remain informed during the coming storm.

Already, the Midwest is experiencing the high winds and driving snow that are headed our way.  Specifically, the snowfall is forecast to be up to 10 inches in parts of the New York metropolitan area, and up to 7 inches in New York City’s five boroughs, with steady winds of up to 28 miles per hour blowing the snow into drifts.
 
New York City’s Sanitation Department has said it’s ready for the first snow event under newly sworn-in mayor Bill de Blasio.  ‘New York’s Strongest’ say that in order to spread salt on the streets, and then to plow them, 4,000 workers will be  put on 12-hour shifts around the clock, starting at 7:00 A.M. Thursday.
 
There is one small glitch in snow storm warnings and preparations, and the National Weather Service has issued a reminder that getting information from broadcast outlets like PIX11 can bridge the shortcoming.  
 
The National Weather Service’s weather radio for New York City, which gives out important, updated weather information, remains out of service for the fifth straight month.  But the federal weather watching authority also points out, on its website, that there is no lapse in the weather warning protocols.
 
The NWS says in a statement on its website that it’s is continuing to disseminate severe weather warnings “through the Emergency Alert System, which is carried by the broadcast media,” such as PIX11 News.