Mayor assures NYers salt spreaders will be out 'just in case,' as light snow possibly in forecast

January 02, 2019 - 7:01 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Sanitation may be getting ahead of themselves, but they're not taking any chances in assuring New Yorkers that salt spreaders are ready to go in advance of the light snow that may fall across the city after midnight. (Below is the forecast, but spoiler: The highest chance of snow will 40-45 percent from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.)

"We could get light snow tonight from midnight to 7 AM, so New Yorkers should prepare for a slippery or wet morning commute," the mayor tweeted shortly before 6 p.m. "We don't expect much accumulation on unpaved surfaces, but @NYCSanitation crews will be out treating the roads and preparing for the worst just in case."

About an hour earlier, the Department of Sanitation tweeted a similar message, writing, "We’ve been monitoring the weather today. There’s a chance of winter weather heading our way tonight and into the morning hours. DSNY salt spreaders are ready to handle any frozen precipitation heading our way."

So what's really the forecast?

Well,  snow is expected for the Northeast, but it likely will bypass New York City, which is forcast to have a spotty mix of snow and rain, according to AccuWeather.

And the chance of snow is low -- in fact, it will peak between 40-45 percent from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m., according to AccuWeather.

Here is the chance of snow on an hourly basis.

Midnight: 0 percent of snow

1 a.m.: 17 percent

2 a.m.: 17 percent

3 a.m.: 22 percent

4 a.m.: 35 percent

5 a.m.: 40 percent

6 a.m.: 45 percent

7 a.m. onwards: 0 percent