New York Prepares for Storm

By Lesley Engle

Published 02/05 2014 08:43AM

Updated 02/05 2014 08:47AM

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered state agencies to prepare for the storm.

Cuomo activated the state’s emergency operation center Tuesday evening to monitor the storm. 

“The State is directing necessary resources to the areas in greatest need, and we will be flexible in our ability to redirect equipment and personnel as the storm unfolds across the state," Cuomo said. "I urge all New Yorkers to take appropriate steps to prepare for the storm, check on their families and friends, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, and to avoid any unnecessary travel. The best way to stay informed is to pay attention to local media outlets and heed any advice from local professional emergency management personnel.”

Parts of New York could see up to 16 inches of snow.

The governor will have a storm briefing at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday.

New York Travel Resources:

New York State provides a travel advisory system that features real-time travel reports and can be accessed by phone at 511 or online at The Web site features a color-coded map indicating which state roads are snow covered, ice covered, wet, dry, or closed to help travelers determine if travel is advisable. The system provides real-time snow and ice conditions for interstates and other heavily traveled roads, as reported by snowplow operators.

Travelers on the New York State Thruway can find real-time traffic and road condition updates at, can sign up for TRANSAlert emails at, or follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter. Also for more information and to sign up for free alerts about hazardous travel conditions in your area, go to

Thruway travelers can also find useful information on the Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) stations which broadcast traffic advisories, road conditions, and safety tips 24-hours-a-day. HAR frequencies can be found at

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