Press Release Article


Date: Feb 09, 2017
Press Release Number: 21-2017

The first significant snowstorm of the season forced widespread flight cancellations by airlines at area airports this morning, led to the imposition of speed restrictions on Port Authority bridges and caused service delays in and out of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

As of 10:30 a.m., the number of flight cancellations reported by the airlines at the three major area airports – John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport – was approximately 1,800. Travelers are strongly urged to contact their carriers for status updates on their particular flights. Air traffic was minimal at both Newark and LaGuardia, though airport officials expect it to pick up again later today.

Delays and cancellations also were reported by the commuter and long-haul buses serving the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Riders are asked to call ahead to their carriers for service updates. Service on PATH trains was at or near normal levels throughout the morning commute, with far fewer riders using the trains.

In addition, due to high winds and occasional blizzard conditions, speed limits were reduced to 35 miles per hour at the George Washington,25 miles per hour on the Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals and Bayonne bridges. All terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey have been closed for the day due to the weather conditions.

The National Weather Service has reported that the snow is likely to continue across the region into early afternoon, though the storm is expected to taper off across most of the region by noon.

The Port Authority has been in continual contact with the states of New York and New Jersey, as well as other local and federal officials and agencies to coordinate response through the rest of the day to this winter weather event

The Port Authority’s Office of Emergency Management has activated the Port Authority Emergency Operations Center to help coordinate snow coverage, and the agency is prepared for the winter storm event with the following winter weather equipment and supplies ready at its major transportation facilities:

  • Hundreds of pieces of snow equipment at its airports, including melters that can liquefy up to 500 tons of snow an hour and plows that can clear snow at 40 mph;
  • Dozens of pieces of snow equipment at its bridges and tunnels;
  • Thousands of tons of salt and sand for airport roads and parking lots, plus thousands of tons of salt for the bridges and tunnels;
  • Hundreds of thousands of gallons of liquid anti-icer chemicals at the airports, which prevent snow and ice from bonding to runways and taxiways, plus thousands of tons of solid de-icers, which break up snow and ice already on the ground;
  • Plow-equipped trains, liquid snow-melting agent trains and a "jet engine" plow to remove snow from PATH tracks, and snow blowers, plows and spreaders to clear station entrances, roads that serve PATH's 13 stations, and various support facilities.

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 Travelers may also call 511 or visit or for further information on highway conditions.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit

Web Site Disclaimer    |    Privacy Statement
© 2001-CurrentYear The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. All Rights Reserved.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
(212) 435-7000  •  4 World Trade Center, 150 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007