Blizzard Warning in NYC and Southern NY State

This alert expired on January 27, 2015 at 6:00:00 PM EST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Northeast Suffolk; Northwest Suffolk; Southeast Suffolk; Southwest Suffolk

Posted January 27, 2015 at 9:11:00 AM EST

Blizzard conditions will continue today mainly across Eastern Connecticut and Long Island.

Blizzard Warning now in effect until 6 pm EST this evening.

  • Locations: Suffolk County in southeast New York, and New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties in southeast Connecticut.
  • Hazard types: Heavy snow and blowing snow, with blizzard conditions.
  • Accumulations: snow accumulation of 20 to 30 inches, with locally higher amounts.
  • Snowfall rates, 1 to 2 inches per hour this morning.
  • Winds: north 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.
  • Visibilities: one quarter mile or less at times.
  • Temperatures: in the lower 20s.
  • Timing: today. Heaviest snow and strongest winds this morning.
  • Impacts: Life-threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds, with Whiteout conditions. Many roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.

Recommended 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.

ready.gov

Tips from ready.gov


Excerpted from ready.gov
Before:

  • Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:

    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency
      for a complete list of recommended products.

    • Sand to improve traction.

    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.

    • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.

    • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

  • More:

  • What to do before winter storms and extreme cold.


Excerpted from ready.gov
During:

  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack - a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.

  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.

  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.

  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.

  • More:

  • What to do during winter storms and extreme cold.

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