By Brooklyn Reader

February 17, 2014, 10:23 pm

 

The National Weather Service has forecast 2-4 inches of snow accumulation starting after midnight tonight through Tuesday morning.

The snow is forecasted to change to rain around noon as temperatures rise above freezing. Temperatures will be in the lower 40s Tuesday afternoon.

Additionally, the Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert for Tuesday at 3:ooam, and the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has issued a travel advisory. The plow tracker will be available tomorrow at nyc.gov/severeweather.

OEM encourages New Yorkers to take the following precautions:

Motorists

  • If you must drive a vehicle, monitor weather and traffic reports for the latest road conditions. Use mass transportation whenever possible.
  • Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible as these roadways will be cleared first.
  • Drive slowly. Vehicles, including those with 4-wheel drive, take longer to stop on snow and ice than on dry pavement.
  • 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 the snow.
  • If you get stuck on the road stay with your car and contact a towing company.

Pedestrians

  • Exercise caution and avoid slippery surfaces; some ice may not be visible.
  • Wear layers including a hat, gloves and scarf to stay protected from the cold. And, keep clothes and shoes dry.
  • Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside.
  • Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections.

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