by Jane Ahrens

Public Information Statement
Issued by National Weather Service, Upton, NY

Blizzard warnings have been issued for the tri-state area. This means that severe winter weather conditions are expected – such as heavy snow and/or blowing snow and winds of 35 mph or higher reducing visibility to less than 1/4 mile for at least 3 hours.

Stay tuned to NOAA’s all hazards weather radio, your local media including,, or

Be prepared before the storm strikes.

At home or work the following items should be available:

  • Flashlights and extra batteries.
  • Canned food and a manual opener.
  • Bottled water.
  • Essential medications.
  • A first aid kit.
  • Sufficient heating fuel.
  • Working fire extinguisher and smoke alarm.
  • Salt and sand.
  • Battery powered radio.

Make sure your pets have plenty of food, water and shelter.

All unnecessary travel is discouraged to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destinations before the heavy snow begins, and to allow snow removal equipment to begin to clear roads.

If you must travel, make sure your vehicle is fully checked and winterized. Carry a winter storm survival kit including blankets, Cell phone, a flashlight with extra batteries, and a shovel.

If you become stranded in your vehicle ensure the tail pipe is clear, then stay inside and run the engine 10 minutes each hour for heat. Keep your window open to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. From time to time exercise body parts to keep blood circulating and to keep warm. Tie a colored cloth to your vehicle.

If caught outside try to stay dry and cover exposed body parts.

For additional information on preparing for winter storms please visit:

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USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay . Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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