Port Authority prepared for first snowstorm of season


HUDSON COUNTY — The first snowfall of the 2017-2018 winter season is expected to hit the New York-New Jersey region early Saturday morning, bringing 2 to 6 inches of snow before it ends late Saturday night.
To prepare for the upcoming weather event, the Port Authority has taken significant measures to ensure safe, efficient operations at its airports, tunnels, bridges, terminals, port facilities and PATH system.
The National Weather Service currently forecasts the snow beginning around daybreak Saturday and continuing throughout the day until Saturday night.
In advance of the first snowflakes, the Port Authority has made extensive preparations for personnel and equipment at all of its facilities. The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH have snow desks where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.
The Port Authority also is in contact with the states of New York and New Jersey, as well as other local and federal officials and agencies to coordinate response to this and any other winter event.
When a storm hits the region, airlines sometimes cancel flights in advance, so travelers should check with their carriers to make sure their flight will be taking off before going to the airport. If warranted, the Port Authority also is prepared to accommodate ticketed passengers who may become stranded at the airports.
The Port Authority also urges bus travelers to check with their carriers before going to the bus terminals since many public and private carriers may cancel or delay service if conditions warrant. The agency also may impose speed restrictions on its crossings, or close them entirely based on weather conditions.
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 http://www.paalerts.com/. Travelers may also call 511 or visit 511Ny.org or 511NJ.org for further information on highway conditions.