NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A snow and ice storm headed for the Tri-State Area is expected to slow weekend travel and has utilities and airports on alert.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for 6 a.m. Saturday morning through 6 a.m. Sunday for parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Forecasters are predicting anywhere from three to five inches of snow starting around 10 a.m. Saturday in New York City and on Long Island. Areas north and west of New York City could get five to nine inches or more. CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn said central New Jersey on up to the lower Hudson Valley is expected to see periods of sleet and freezing rain following the accumulating snow.
“This one really kicks off the season,” Quinn said Friday evening. “The key to this storm is going to be when the switch-over occurs. I feel very confident much of our area will change from snow to a rain-sleet mix. If that change takes place before sunset, overall totals will be dramatically less.”
New York City’s Department of Sanitation has issued a “snow alert” starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, meaning personnel were getting equipment and supplies ready.
All personnel are on 12-hour shifts to help clear off the city’s streets.
The sanitation department has its so-called GPS room up and running in advance of the storm, CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported.
“We say, hey wait a minute, we’re getting a particular number of complaints in this area, whats going on? Get somebody over there get somebody to look at it,” said Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty.
The department monitors the streets with cameras on main roads and tracks their trucks on a block-by-block basis.
“I expect to have available, should I need it, up to 2,300 pieces of equipment to go out tomorrow during the day shift. If anything, I don’t expect to hit that number until later in the afternoon as the snow starts to accumulate. And then I’ll have that number for the night shift also, and hopefully by then it turns to rain and slush and we don’t have a problem,” Doherty told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.