Travel advisory: Roads treacherous, mass transit urged

NEW YORK (WABC) -- As winter weather moved through the area Monday, residents were urged to utilize mass transit whenever possible and use extreme caution if driving is necessary.

Hundreds of accidents were reported across the area as snow fell through the day.

A Winter Weather Advisory is effect for New York City until 7 a.m. Tuesday, and New York City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said the city was being aggressive as many people returned to work following Thanksgiving weekend.

Rainfall transitioned to snow in the early afternoon and began accumulating, leading to a messy evening commute. A total accumulation of 1 to 3 inches of snow was expected for New York City by the time it all ends, with possible higher amounts of 3 to 6 inches for the northern suburbs.

"With the forecast predicting snow just in time to create a messy evening commute, I urge all New Yorkers to take extra precautions, stay off the streets and take public transportation whenever possible," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "The Department of Sanitation is ready to clear the streets, but everyone must do their part to ensure they can get through and do their jobs safely."

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has deployed 705 salt spreaders across the five boroughs, and 1,500 plows were set to begin operations once two inches of snow had fallen.

Public Transportation

MTA Subway and Bus
LIRR
Metro-North
NJ Transit
Amtrak

Alternate Side Parking Regulations are suspended Monday and Tuesday to facilitate snow operations, but payment at parking meters remain in effect throughout the city.

The Staten Island Ferry is currently anticipated to operate on a normal schedule, but storm conditions could lead to service changes.

NYC Ferry is currently operating on a normal schedule, but weather conditions may affect service. Riders are urged to use caution on all landings and vessels and allow for extra travel time.

Safety Tips
--Allow for extra travel time and use use public transportation
--If you must drive, use extreme caution. Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible
--Vehicles take longer to stop on snow and ice than on dry pavement
--Four-wheel drive vehicles may make it easier to drive on snow-covered roads, but they stop less quickly than other vehicles
--Know your vehicle's braking system. Vehicles with anti-lock brakes require a different braking technique than vehicles without anti-lock brakes in snowy conditions
--If you are driving and begin to skid, ease your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go. Straighten the wheel when the car moves in the desired direction. If you have an anti-lock braking system, apply steady pressure to the brake pedal. Never pump the brakes on an ABS equipped vehicle
--Keep your vehicle's gas tank as full as possible
--Pedestrians should exercise caution and avoid slippery surfaces. Wear sturdy boots that provide traction to reduce slipping. Use handrails when using stairs
--Seniors should take extra care outdoors to avoid slips and falls
--Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections
--Check on family, friends and neighbors who may need help in inclement weather - especially older adults or people with disabilities.

The weather was also snarling air travel, with hundreds of flights canceled and thousands more delayed.

Airports

LaGuardia Airport
Newark Airport
JFK Airport

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