Date: Feb 07, 2013
Press Release Number: 16-2013
Extra personnel on duty at all facilities to handle weather conditions
The Port Authority is taking steps to handle the first major winter snowstorm of the year that is expected to begin tomorrow and continue into Saturday morning. The agency is deploying extra staff and assembling snow-fighting equipment to handle whatever wintry conditions may develop at its airports, seaports, tunnels, bridges and PATH system.
According to current forecasts, the New York-New Jersey region will see at least six inches of snow, with the heaviest amounts occurring late Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. The Port Authority will deploy extra personnel at all of its facilities, which is the normal course of operations during snow events. During the most severe storms, staff works around-the-clock in 12-hour shifts. The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH have snow desks where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.
The Port Authority urges travelers to check with their carriers before going to the airport or bus terminals to confirm departure times. The agency also may impose speed restrictions on its crossings if weather conditions warrant.
The Port Authority’s winter weather arsenal includes:
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