PORT AUTHORITY READY TO BATTLE WINTER’S FIRST SNOWSTORM
Forecasters Predict Up to 6 Inches Will Fall Beginning Saturday AfternoonEDITOR\'S NOTE:
Updates on the storm will be posted as warranted on the Port Authority’s Web site – www.panynj.gov.
The Port Authority is geared up for the first major snowfall of the winter season with more than 200 pieces of heavy snow-removal equipment, and tons of sand, salt and deicing chemicals on hand to keep the airports, bridges, tunnels, and the PATH system operating safely and smoothly.
The National Weather Service has forecast that a winter storm will move into the New York-New Jersey area shortly after noon tomorrow and dump 4 to 6 inches of snow before ending at night.
\"Snow desks\" at Port Authority’s facilities will be activated tomorrow morning, allowing key personnel to analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment. During severe storms, Port Authority employees work around the clock in 12-hour shifts.
The Port Authority’s winter-weather arsenal features:
- More than 200 pieces of heavy snow equipment at the airports – including blowers that can move 3,000 tons of snow an hour, melters that can liquefy up to 500 tons an hour, and plows that can clear snow at 40 miles per hour.
- 64 pieces of snow equipment at the bridges and tunnels including 16 trucks equipped with plows and spreaders at the George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest bridge.
- 1,800 tons of salt and 2,000 tons of sand for airport roads and parking lots, plus another 1,500 tons of salt for the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels.
- More than 170,000 gallons of liquid anti-icer chemicals at the airports, which prevent snow and ice from bonding to runways and taxiways, plus 230 tons of solid de-icers, which break up ice and snow already on the ground.