Press Release Article


Date: Feb 01, 2015
Press Release Number: 21-2015

Agency prepared for latest bout of winter weather that will bring snow and a wintery mix of sleet and ice to the region beginning late tonight

A significant winter storm that forecasters say could bring snow, sleet and heavy icing conditions to the region is expected to hit the New York-New Jersey region beginning late tonight and continuing through the Monday morning rush hour. The storm could have a major impact on Monday morning travel, and the Port Authority urges commuters to exercise extreme caution. The agency will deploy extra staff and has assembled snow equipment and de-icing chemicals to make its airports, tunnels, bridges and PATH system remain safe.

According to current forecasts, the snow and wintery mix is forecast to begin in the New York-New Jersey region around midnight tonight. Some regions will see significant snowfall, while others will get sleet, freezing rain and in some cases, rain during the winter event.

In advance of the winter weather, the Port Authority is prepared to deploy extra personnel at all of its facilities, which is the normal course of operations during winter weather events. 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.

Port Authority port operations and police staff are taking special precautions to handle tomorrow's arrival and departure of the Quantum of the Seas from the Bayonne Cruise Terminal. Port terminals are planning a delayed 10 a.m. opening tomorrow, depending on the severity of the weather.

The Port Authority also has cancelled its planned six-hour full closures of the Bayonne Bridge scheduled for Monday, February 2, and Tuesday, February 3. Depending on the weather, the first six-hour daytime closure will occur on Wednesday, February 4.

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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