State warning St. Lawrence County residents to prepare for heavy snow, ice, high winds later today and tomorrow
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 11:56 am

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is warning New Yorkers, including St. Lawrence County residents, to prepare for heavy snow, ice and high winds as a complex winter storm system is expected to hit early Tuesday through Wednesday.

The storm will move through the state from the south bringing snow that will mix with, or change to, freezing rain and sleet as the day progresses. The system is expected to produce anywhere from a couple of inches of snow and sleet in the southern regions of the state to up to 24 inches of precipitation in the North Country.

During these storms, New Yorkers should also expect to see slippery road conditions, as well as blowing and drifting snow during the Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning commutes. Drivers are being urged to practice extreme caution while traveling.

New Yorkers should pay close attention to local weather reports for the latest information. Several winter weather advisories, watches and warnings have already been issued by the National Weather Service.

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will coordinate with state agencies and local governments to ensure resources from the State's ten regional stockpiles are available for deployment throughout the weather event. Staff at the State Emergency Operations Center and regional personnel are prepared to respond to any issues as necessary.

The State Department of Transportation is ready to respond with 1,504 large plow trucks, an additional 95 activated reserve plows, 20 graders, 326 large loaders, 185 medium duty plow trucks, 35 snow blowers and 32 tractor trailers. The Department has more than 410,000 tons of salt on hand. This equipment, as well as nearly 3,900 operators and supervisors, are deployed across the state as necessary in advance of winter storms to help keep roads safe. The Department has also deployed an additional 50 portable variable message signs to enhance storm messaging to the public on key corridors throughout the state.

The North Country will receive eight plow trucks, 16 operators and three supervisors from the southern tier

Motorists are reminded to check 511NY before traveling at or by downloading the mobile app. The free service allows users to check road conditions and features a winter travel advisory system with real-time travel reports and a color-coded map indicating which state roads are clear, wet or snow covered. The system provides motorists with a helpful resource to determine if travel is advisable.