Snow alert issued by Sanitation Department

January 24, 2014 5:32:15 PM PST
Sanitation officials have issued a snow alert ahead of what meteorologists say will likely be more of a coating than a big winter storm.

The Sanitation Department says Friday its workers are loading 365 salt spreaders, attaching plows and preparing chains for the Saturday dusting.

National Weather Service meteorologists David Stark says that snow should start falling around 2 p.m. on Saturday. He says the snow could fall heavily for a time but it's likely to be more of a coating, with up to 1 inch falling across the five boroughs. Temperatures are expected to hover around 30 to 32 degrees.

A snowstorm this week dumped up to 11 inches of snow on the city. Mayor Bill de Blasio has faced criticism for his handling of the city's response.