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000 NOUS41 KOKX 112102 PNSOKX CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179- 120900- Public Information Statement National Weather Service New York NY 402 PM EST Sat Mar 11 2017 ...Winter Storm/Blizzard Preparedness Information... A winter storm watch is in effect for northeast New Jersey, a good portion of the lower Hudson Valley of New York, and portions of interior southern Connecticut and a Blizzard Watch is in effect for Long Island, New York City, portions of the lower Hudson Valley of New York, and coastal southern Connecticut. This means hazardous winter weather conditions...such as heavy snow...winds of 35 mph or higher with snow and blowing snow reducing visibility to less than 1/4 mile for at least 3 hours...may affect the area in the next 24 to 48 hours. Stay tuned to NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio...your local news media...or visit our web site at as this watch may be upgraded to a warning. Before the storm prepared. At home or work the following items should be available... * Flashlights and extra batteries. * Canned food and a manual can opener...bottled water...and essential medications. * A first aid kit. * Sufficient heating fuel. * A working fire extinguisher and smoke alarm. * Salt and sand. * A battery powered radio. Make sure your pets have plenty of food...water and shelter. Make sure your vehicle is fully checked and winterized. Carry a winter storm survival kit including blankets...cell phone...a flashlight with extra batteries...a shovel...and a map. If you become stranded in your vehicle...ensure the tail pipe is clear...then stay the engine 10 minutes each hour for heat...keep your window open to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning...and 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 $$ PW is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.