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NYC Readies 300 Salt Trucks Ahead of Possible Snow Flurries

In a tweet Thursday afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio “urge[d] every New Yorker to exercise caution travelling around the city"

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    Latest Forecast From Storm Team 4 (Published Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018)

    What to Know

    • NYC has readied 300 salt spreaders ahead of a “light snowfall” that could be heading to the area Thursday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio said

    • In a tweet Thursday afternoon, de Blasio “urge[d] every New Yorker to exercise caution travelling around the city.”

    • The city appears to be taking precautions following a November snowfall that sparked commuter chaos

    New York City has readied 300 salt spreaders ahead of a “light snowfall” that could be heading to the area Thursday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

    In a tweet Thursday afternoon, de Blasio “urge[d] every New Yorker to exercise caution travelling around the city.” The city could see snow flurries or a “light snow shower or two” Thursday evening, according to Storm Team 4, though nothing will accumulate. 

    “We are still expecting some light snowfall tonight, starting around 9 p.m.,” de Blasio tweeted.

    “We are still expecting minimal accumulation, but out of an abundance of caution @NYCSanitation will have 300 salt spreaders ready across the city this afternoon,” he added.

    The areas that should have the best chance of a coating to an inch of snow are the Poconos, the Catskills, Hudson Valley and the Hamptons, according to Storm Team 4. People will then be waking up to a blustery but sunny Friday, and then it will stay cold and dry all weekend. 

    The city appears to be taking precautions following a November snowfall that sparked commuter chaos and prompted cries for the mayor’s resignation.

    That six-inch snowfall — the first of the season — left travelers stranded at transit hubs, prompted traffic jams, stranded children in schools and downed trees.

    At a press conference after the snowfall, de Blasio said the city was “trying to learn some lessons and figure out what we can do better.” He vowed to launch salt trucks on the street when forecasts called for as little as two inches of snow. He's also forced out the commissioner of the Office of Emergency Management, Joe Esposito, in the wake of the snow mess. 

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