Travel advisory issued for Queens and New York City as oncoming winter storm approaches

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The city’s Emergency Management Department issued a travel advisory for Thursday night and Friday in light of the oncoming winter storm.

According to the National Weather Service, light snow is expected to start tonight at after 10 p.m. and continue into Friday afternoon, turning into a wintry mix by 10 a.m. In total, one to two inches of snow is expected to fall.

The Emergency Management Department will monitor the forecast with the National Weather Service, and recommends that New York drivers exercise caution while traveling as the inclement weather begins.

“We are expecting a wintry mix of snow and rain that can cause slippery road conditions during the Thursday evening and Friday commutes,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “We advise you to take caution, allow for extra travel time, and wherever possible, consider taking mass transit.”

The Department of Sanitation and Parks Department will be deploying salt spreaders and plow trucks as needed and the DOT will pre-salt municipal lots, pedestrian overpasses and walkways at the ferry terminals.

The Emergency Management Department recommends that drivers allow for extra travel time and know your vehicle’s braking system. 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. Cars with an anti-lock braking system in this situation should apply steady pressure to the brake pedal.

Pedestrians are also encouraged to exercise caution on potentially icy services and to have a heightened awareness of cars, especially when approaching or crossing intersections.

For more safety tips, visit NYC.gov/EmergencyManagement. New Yorkers are also encouraged to download the Notify NYC mobile app, the City’s free emergency notification system. To learn more about the Notify NYC program or to sign up, visit NYC.gov/NotifyNYC or call 311. You can also follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.

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