Eastern Essex Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Blizzard Warning
Statement as of 3:39 PM EST on January 25, 2015

...Blizzard Warning in effect from 1 PM Monday to midnight EST Tuesday night...

The National Weather Service in New York has issued a Blizzard Warning...which is in effect from 1 PM Monday to midnight EST Tuesday night. The blizzard watch is no longer in effect.

* Locations...New York City and surrounding immediate suburbs...Long Island...and most of southern Connecticut.

* Hazard types...heavy snow and blowing snow...with blizzard conditions.

* Accumulations...snow accumulation of 20 to 30 inches...with locally higher amounts possible. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour expected late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

* Winds...north 30 to 40 mph with gusts 55 to 65 mph...strongest across eastern Long Island.

* Visibilities...one quarter mile or less at times.

* Temperatures...in the lower 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.

Coastal Flood Watch
Statement as of 3:29 PM EST on January 25, 2015

...Coastal Flood Watch in effect late Monday night...

The National Weather Service in New York has issued a coastal Flood Watch...which is in effect late Monday night.

* Locations...low lying coastal areas along New York Harbor...tidally affected rivers in New Jersey...and South Shore bays of New York City and western Long Island.

* Tidal departures...most likely 2 1/2 to 3 ft surge above astronomical tide. A low probability of 3 1/2 ft surge above astronomical tide.

* Timing...during the times of high tide between 1 am and 4 am late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

* Beach erosion impacts...significant beach erosion and washovers along ocean facing barrier beaches of Long Island due to 10 to 15 ft waves and high storm tide. A few exposed water front structures may be damaged.

* Coastal flood impacts...potential for flooding of vulnerable shore roads and/or basements due to height of storm tide and/or wave action. Several shore Road closures may be needed.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A coastal Flood Watch means that conditions favorable for flooding are expected to develop. Coastal residents should be alert for later statements or warnings...and take action to protect property.

Record Report
Statement as of 1:26 am EST on January 25, 2015

...Record daily maximum snowfall set at Kennedy NY...

a record snowfall of 3.4 inches was set at Kennedy NY yesterday. This breaks the old record of 2.8 set in 1971.

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 4:42 PM EST on January 25, 2015

...Blizzard preparedness information...

Blizzard warnings have been issued for the tri-state area. This means that severe winter weather conditions...such as heavy snow and/or blowing snow and winds of 35 mph or higher reducing visibility to less than 1/4 mile for at least 3 hours... are expected.

Stay tuned to NOAA all hazards weather radio...your local media...or visit our web site at...weather.Gov/NYC

Before the storm strikes...be prepared.

At home or work the following items should be available...

* flashlights and extra batteries.

* Canned food and a manual opener...bottled water and essential medications.

* A first aid kit.

* Sufficient heating fuel.

* A working fire extinguisher and smoke alarm.

* Salt and sand.

* A battery powered radio.

Make sure your pets have plenty of food...water and shelter.

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.

If you must travel...make sure your vehicle is fully checked and winterized. Carry a winter storm survival kit including blankets... cell phone...a flashlight with extra batteries...a shovel and a map.

If you become stranded in your vehicle...ensure the tail pipe is clear...then stay inside...run the engine 10 minutes each hour for heat...keep your window open to avoid Carbon monoxide poisoning...and from time to time exercise body parts to keep blood circulating and to keep warm. Tie a colored cloth to your vehicle.

If caught outside...try to stay dry and cover exposed body parts.

For additional information on preparing for winter storms...please visit...ready.Gov

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