Cuomo urges New Yorkers to use caution as Hurricane Zeta approaches


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has advised New Yorkers to use caution as Hurricane Zeta threatens to produce snow showers and dangerous weather conditions across the state beginning Thursday.

Hurricane Zeta is expected to combine with the cold Canadian air to bring snow showers and mixed precipitation to New York, and weather conditions can last through Friday.

Northern parts of the state and places at higher elevations may see several inches of snowfall. Southern areas of the state, including New York City and Long Island, will likely see up to two inches of rain and wind gusts of 40 mph.

"New Yorkers are well accustomed to intense October storms and this one has the potential to deliver a mixed medley of cold rain, wind and snow across much of the state," Cuomo said in a statement.
"Our state emergency response assets are prepared to assist our local partners if needed. I am asking all travelers to review seasonal safety tips and slow down on our roadways during this storm."

New Yorkers are urged to exercise cautions when traveling and to watch for potential slippery surfaces.

According to forecasts, there is a chance of rain showers across much of the state on Thursday, while snow showers could pop up in Albany, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Western New York regions.

Temperatures will range from the low-20s to the low-40s throughout the day.

Wind gusts can reach up to 30 mph in New York City and on Long Island throughout the day.

On Friday, there is a chance of snow showers in Albany, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier and Western New York regions, with amounts of up to a half-inch possible.

Temperatures will range in the mid-30s to the low-50s, and wind gusts can reach up to 40 mph in New York City and Long Island.

There are no current watches or warnings issued for Hurricane Zeta but the state is preparing for the worst. See how state agencies are preparing here.

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