Press Release Article


Date: Nov 25, 2014
Press Release Number: 239-2014

Extra Personnel will be On Duty at all Port Authority Facilities to Handle What Forecasters Say Could be Heavy Wet Snow and Hazardous Driving Conditions

A significant Nor'Easter winter storm bringing rain, sleet and heavy wet snow is expected to hit the New York-New Jersey region tomorrow – one of the busiest travel days of the year – and the Port Authority will deploy extra staff and has assembled snow equipment to handle what forecasters say could result in heavy snow and hazardous conditions at the agency's airports, tunnels, bridges and PATH system.

According to current forecasts, most areas of the New York-New Jersey region will see heavy wet snow tomorrow as the Nor'Easter tracks up the East Coast, with the heaviest amounts occurring Wednesday afternoon and evening.

In advance of the snow, the Port Authority is prepared to deploy extra personnel at all of its facilities, which is the normal course of operations during snow events. Depending on the projected snowfall levels, Port Authority staff are prepared to work around-the-clock in 12-hour shifts if necessary. The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH have snow desks where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.

The Port Authority urges air and bus travelers to check with their carriers before going to the airport or bus terminals to confirm whether their plane or bus will depart and scheduled departure times. The agency also may impose speed restrictions on its crossings if weather conditions warrant.

Given the forecast, travelers should consider leaving early tomorrow and take advantage of the additional early getaway service being provided on PATH in advance of the holiday weekend. In addition, the agency expects passenger traffic to be heavier than usual tomorrow at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and encourages customers to leave early and allow extra time to make their bus connections.

On Thursday, for those attending the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade who choose to leave their car at home, PATH will operate trains on the Journal Square to 33rd (Hoboken) line every 10 minutes for most of the day.

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

  • More than 200 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;
  • More than 60 pieces of snow equipment at its bridges and tunnels, including nearly two dozen plows and spreaders at the George Washington Bridge, the world's busiest vehicular crossing;
  • Thousands of tons of salt and sand for airport roads and parking lots, plus thousands of tons of salt for the bridges and tunnels;
  • Hundreds of thousands of gallons of liquid anti-icer 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; and
  • Approximately 1,000 staff members and contractors with years of specialized training and professional experience in handling severe winter weather at transportation facilities.

For up-to-the-minute updates on Port Authority crossings, airports and the PATH system, travelers are encouraged to sign up for Port Authority alerts at Travelers may also call 511 or visit or for further information on highway conditions.

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