Urgent - winter weather message
The National Weather Service in New York has issued a blizzard warning – a crippling and potentially historic blizzard to impact the area from late Monday into Tuesday, affecting Northern Fairfield, Eastern Passaic, Western Bergen, Western Essex, Western Union, Rockland, Northern Westchester.
HAZARD TYPES: heavy snow and blowing snow...with blizzard conditions.
ACCUMULATIONS: snow accumulation of 20 to 30 inches. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour expected late monday night into tuesday morning.
WINDS: north 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
VISIBILITIES: one quarter mile or less at times.
TEMPERATURES: mid teens to mid 20s.
TIMING: light snow will begin Monday morning...with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible by the evening rush. Snow will pick up in intensity Monday evening with the heaviest snow and strongest winds from about midnight Monday night into Tuesday afternoon.
IMPACTS: life-threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions. Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities will lead to whiteout conditions...making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.
All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destinations before the heavy snow begins and to allow snow removal equipment to begin to clear roads.