Press Release Article


Date: Mar 01, 2018
Press Release Number: 41-2018

A major Nor’easter winter storm is expected to hit the New York-New Jersey region late tonight and Friday with heavy rain, wet snow and near hurricane force winds. In preparation for the winter 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 that rain will begin late tonight and continue all day Friday into the early morning hours of Saturday. The forecast calls for 2 to 3 inches of rain and wet snow and winds that will gust to 60 mph.

The Port Authority has made extensive preparations for personnel and equipment at all of its facilities. The agency will activate its Emergency Operations Center in Jersey City at 7 a.m. tomorrow to monitor storm conditions. Separate Emergency Operations Centers will also be activated at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports. 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 winter event.

In advance of the storm, the Port Authority has made plans to provide busing in the event that service on AirTrain Newark or AirTrain JFK must be suspended due to high winds. At LaGuardia Airport, which sits along Flushing Bay, staff have secured cranes and other construction equipment being used as part of the airport’s redevelopment program.

Airlines also are making decisions today about whether flights will be cancelled in advance, so travelers should check with their carriers to make sure their flight will be taking off before going to the airport tonight and Friday. If warranted, the Port Authority also is prepared to accommodate ticketed passengers who may become stranded at the airports.

At the tunnels and bridges, Port Authority staff have cleared storm drains and catch basins and checked pumps in the event that heavy rain causes road flooding. 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.

PATH plans to operate regular service on Friday, but is making preparations to install flood protection if necessary at its Hoboken Station, its most vulnerable station to flooding.

Customers can access up-to-date information on conditions at Port Authority facilities on the Port Authority’s website by clicking here, which includes live feeds of its respective social media channels. In addition to the website, travelers also are encouraged to sign up for Port Authority alerts at or follow @PANYNJ. Travelers may also call 511 or visit or for further information on highway conditions.

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