Due to the anticipated arrival of winter storm Jonas this Saturday, the New York City area needs to stay informed and be ready for possible high winds, snow accumulations, and whiteout conditions as well as the potential for power outages, high tides, and other problems caused by these types of storms.
National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning effect beginning this afternoon and continuing through Sunday afternoon. The storm is described as a significant Nor’easter with sustained winds 25-35 mph, and gusts up to 55 mph. The National Weather Service is now stating that the trend of the storm indicates accumulation of 12-18 inches of snow in NYC. Snow is expected to begin earlier than expected, and we could see 2 inches of accumulation by daybreak Saturday. The snow is expected to end on Sunday morning. There may be moderate coastal flooding with a 2 ½ to 4 foot surge at high tide. They describe the storm surge as 2-3 feet higher than the highest point of the normal high tide. NYC DOE has not yet decided on weekend cancellation of school events, including the SAT exams. MTA is currently expecting normal weekend service. They intend to run bus and subway service throughout the event. Bridges, Tunnels and Ferries have not announced any service interruptions. Generally bridge closures occur when winds of 60 mph are present. There could be sporadic closings in the event of white-out conditions.
Since storms of this nature are often unpredictable, we want to encourage our community to keep the following in mind:
- Develop a plan with your household members that outlines what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate if a hurricane strikes. A Family plan to utilize may be downloaded; HERE.
- Stay alert to weather reports and conditions over the next few days (by clicking: HERE) and pay attention to any instructions from local authorities.
- Keep emergency contact numbers with you.
- Secure loose objects in your yard.
- Close and lock windows and doors.
- Prepare a “GO BAG.” A list of items to include may be found by visiting; HERE.
- Keep on hand non-perishable food which can be eaten without cooking.
- Check flashlights or other emergency lights to make sure they are in working condition, and an ample supply of functional batteries.
- Keep a battery operated radio on hand.
- Fill your bathtub with water for flushing the toilet.
- Gas up your car. If electrical power is off, service stations may not be able to operate pumps.
- Prepare appropriate emergency supplies to sustain yourself and your family for a few days if the storm’s path becomes more evident of impacting your area.
- For more information on how to be prepared, please visit; HERE.