Don't Underestimate this Storm: Blizzard Update

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UPDATED Jan. 26 at 6:15 p.m.

 Govs. Cuomo and Christie and Mayor de Blasio have all declared states of emergency.

 

TRANSPORTATION

  • All MTA subways and buses plus the LIRR, MetroNorth and the Staten Island Ferry are shutting down by 11 p.m. tonight. Plus there is a vehicle travel ban after 11 p.m. in 13 counties that will likely continue through the morning. It is likely that there won't be subway or bus service on Tuesday.
  • Non-emergency vehicles on the road are subject to summons, fines and arrests. De Blasio said that included food delivery vehicles and bicycles. The Taxi and Limousine Commission confirmed that taxis would not be on the road after 11 p.m.
  • NJ Transit Commuter Rail is shutting down at 8 p.m. tonight, with the system stopping completely by 10 p.m. A spokeswoman for NJ Transit said that they hoped to get back up and running as soon as possible after the storm but that, practically speaking, that likely would not happen until Thursday.  PATH service will operate on a regular schedule until 9 p.m. and then go on a weekend schedule until it shuts down at 11 p.m.
  • Most flights from LaGuardia have been canceled.
  • Amtrak suspended service between New York and Boston.

OTHER CLOSURES 

  • NYC schools will be closed on Tuesday; see a list of regional closings.
  • The fire department will have an extra 500 staff members on duty, the mayor said, as well as 40 percent more ambulances.
  • City parks and recreational facilities will be closed after 6 p.m.
  • All high school students who had regents exams scheduled for Tuesday will now have them on Thursday.
  • If residents are having current problems with heat, they should call 311 now, the mayor said.
  • The Broadway League said that all Broadway shows are cancelled tonight. No word yet on Tuesday performances. Performances are canceled at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera as well.
  • The Metropolitan Museum is closed on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for New York starting Monday. The agency said 2 to 4 inches per hour are expected to fall Monday night into Tuesday morning. Accumulations of 18 to 24 inches are possible by Tuesday afternoon.

The agency says winds will be from the north, gusting up to 55 mph. They will be strongest across eastern Long Island.
Visibility will be only a quarter of a mile or less at times.

The Weather Service says some roads may become impassable due to the heavy snow.

In Connecticut, Governor Dannel Malloy ordered a travel ban on roads in that state beginning 9 p.m. Monday.