Storm prompts travel advisory for Tuesday evening commute

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — A travel advisory has been issued for a wintry mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain that is likely to affect Tuesday night’s commute as well as Wednesday morning’s commute, according to the the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

The National Weather Services says snow will develop late Tuesday afternoon and will mix with or change to sleet and freezing rain Tuesday evening.

The wintry mix will then change over to rain late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. The rain will taper off before the Wednesday morning commute, but untreated roads and walkways are expected to still be slippery.

The NYC Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert beginning 2 p.m. Tuesday. A total of 1 to 3 inches of snow and a trace of ice is expected. New Yorkers should be prepared for limited visibility and slippery conditions when traveling.

For Motorists:

· Drive slowly. Posted speed limits are for ideal weather conditions. Vehicles take longer to stop on snow and ice than on dry pavement.

· Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible; these roadways will be cleared first.

· Four-wheel drive vehicles may make it easier to drive on snow-covered roads, but they do not stop quicker than other vehicles.

· Keep the name and phone number of at least one local towing service in your car in case you break down or become stuck in snow.

· If you get stuck on the road, stay with your car and contact a towing company.

For Pedestrians:

· Exercise caution and avoid slippery surfaces; some ice may not be visible. Wear sturdy boots that provide traction to reduce slipping.

· Have a heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections.

· Seniors should take extra care outdoors to avoid slips and falls from icy conditions.

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