Get ready for a slippery and wet evening commute.
“It’s very messy out there in this city and it will be throughout this afternoon and into the evening,” Mayor de Blasio said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.
The winter snowstorm moved into New York City shortly before 9 a.m. with the snow transitioning into sleet between 11 a.m. and noon. By 6 p.m. the wintry mix is expected to shift completely to rain.
“We definitely have something here that will have an impact on the evening rush-hour for sure,” de Blasio said as he urged New Yorkers to “take precautions.”
“I want to tell people to recognize that the evening rush-hour will be very slippery,” Hizzoner said, adding, “It’s going to be slower and more difficult than usual for sure and people should take precautions and get ready for that.”
De Blasio also noted that it “will be very slow and messy out on the roads” and “it will be slippery for both motorists and pedestrians.”
“We expect a lot of ice,” he said.
The mayor said that the Sanitation Department had 700 salt spreaders deployed and 1,600 plows at the ready, but that many of the plows were not yet able to go into action due to the fact that less than two inches of snow had fallen.
“They can only go into action if we go into two inches of snow,” the mayor said.
Meteorologists previously predicted that snow would start falling on the Big Apple as early as 5 a.m., but the snow actually did not start until roughly four hours later.
“We were really worried about the timing of the storm,” de Blasio said. “It was going to hit right as rush-hour was beginning and we have learned that could be a real problem.”
“The storm slowed down,” he said. “I think this is a case where we dodged a bullet with the morning commute.”
The Big Apple remains under a winter weather advisory through midnight.
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