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Port Authority Prepares as Winter Weather Advisory is In Effect for Monday Night

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TETERBORO, NJ - A winter Nor’easter, the third to hit the New Jersey/New York region in the past two weeks, is forecast to begin around midnight tonight and continue through midday Tuesday with heavy wet snow expected.  In preparation, the Port Authority has taken significant measures to ensure safe, efficient operations at its airports, tunnels, bridges, terminals, port facilities and PATH system.

The National Weather Service currently forecasts that snow will begin around midnight tonight and continue through midday Tuesday.  The forecast calls for two to four inches of wet snow in northeast New Jersey, including Bergen County, and New York City and its boroughs, and higher snow totals on eastern Long Island.

Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the morning commute on Tuesday morning.

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A winter weather advisory for snow means snow may cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibility, and use caution while driving.

The Port Authority has made extensive preparations for personnel and equipment at all of its facilities.  The agency will activate its main agency-wide Emergency Operations Center in Jersey City at 11 p.m. tonight to monitor storm conditions.  Facility specific Emergency Operations Centers will be activated tonight at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports.  The Port Authority also is in contact with the states of New York and New Jersey, as well as other local and federal officials and agencies to coordinate responses to this winter storm.

In advance of the storm, the Port Authority has made plans to provide busing in the event that service on AirTrain Newark or AirTrain JFK must be suspended. 

Airlines also are making decisions today about whether flights will be canceled in advance, so travelers should check with their carriers to make sure their flight will be taking off before going to the airport tonight and Tuesday. If warranted, the Port Authority also is prepared to partner with airlines and terminal operators to accommodate ticketed passengers who may become stranded at the airports.  Each airport is stocked with critical supplies such as cots, blankets, diapers and baby formula to provide stranded customers.

At the tunnels and bridges, the Port Authority urges bus travelers to check with their carriers before going to the bus terminals since many public and private carriers may cancel or delay service if conditions warrant. The bus terminal already was informed that long-haul carriers such as Greyhound will cancel service tomorrow to New England destinations.  The agency also may impose speed restrictions on its crossings, or close them entirely based on weather conditions.

PATH plans to operate regular service on Tuesday.

The Port Authority has the following winter weather equipment and supplies ready at its major transportation facilities:

  • 524 pieces of snow equipment at its airports, including melters that can liquefy up to 500 tons of snow an hour and plows that can clear snow at 40 mph;
  • 94 pieces of snow equipment at its bridges and tunnels;
  • Thousands of tons of salt and sand for airport roads and parking lots, plus thousands of tons of salt and sand for the bridges and tunnels;
  • Hundreds of thousands of gallons of liquid anti-ice chemicals at the airports, which prevent snow and ice from bonding to runways and taxiways, plus thousands of tons of solid de-icers, which break up snow and ice already on the ground;
  • Plow equipped trains, liquid snow-melting agent trains and a “jet engine” plow to remove snow from PATH tracks, and snow blowers, plows and spreaders to clear station entrances, roads that serve PATH’s 13 stations, and various support facilities.
  • Generators and pumps have been checked to assure all are operational if needed.

Customers can access up-to-date information on conditions at Port Authority facilities on the Port Authority’s website by clicking here, which includes live feeds of its respective social media channels.  In addition to the website, travelers also are encouraged to sign up for Port Authority alerts at http://www.paalerts.com/ or follow @PANYNJ. Travelers may also call 511 or visit 511NY.org or 511NJ.org for further information on highway conditions.

(Editors Note: The Port Authority owns and operates Teterboro Airport.)

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