NYC issues state of emergency ahead of brutal winter storm
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Mayor Bill de Blasio warned New Yorkers of “blinding snow” falling at a rate of two to four inches of per hour and Gov. Andrew Cuomo cautioned that above-ground subway service could be suspended — as a powerful winter storm pelted the Big Apple Monday.
“Stay off the roads, stay off the streets and sidewalks, stay inside,” de Blasio pleaded during a City Hall press briefing, as he explained that “at the most intense points” of the storm “you’re going to see two to four inches per hour.”
“That’s blinding snow,” Hizzoner said, adding, that he is “fearful” of the situation getting “worse.”
In-person learning at New York City public schools has been canceled for Monday and Tuesday, with classes moving to remote learning, de Blasio said.
“There will not be in-person schools tomorrow,” de Blasio. “Wednesday we will be back strong.”
Coronavirus vaccination appointments scheduled for Tuesday have also been postponed because of the storm, said de Blasio, who previously announced that jabs for Monday would be delayed too.
A man snow plows a sidewalk in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn on February 1, 2021.Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images
Meanwhile, Cuomo, speaking on WCBS 880 Radio earlier Monday, said that the snow plows out on the streets “can’t keep up” with the rate of snowfall.
“If the volume is anything like they’re talking about…we’re going to see a very serious situation,” the governor said.
“I’m telling you, I’m on the road right now — it is horrendous,” he said.
Cuomo warned that above-ground service on the MTA’s subway system could close due to the storm.
Amtrak and NJ Transit trains out Penn Station in Manhattan are being canceled due to the snowstorm, on February 1, 2021.James Messerschmidt for NY Post
“You could see Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road close, you could see major road closings like the LIE [Long Island Expressway], like the parkways going north, so people could get stranded if they’re not off the roads and if they’re relying on the commuter rail,” said Cuomo. “You could see the commuter rail close.”
New York City could see as much as 16 to 22 inches of snow, forecaster show.
A state of emergency has been declared in New York City, Long Island and the state’s northern suburbs.