NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — In an attempt to keep people off dangerous roads and out of harm’s way as a “potentially historic” winter storm pounded the area, streets were closed all around the Tri-State Area late Monday and mass transit was limited or suspended.
A blizzard warning was in effect for the metropolitan area through midnight Wednesday morning. CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn expected the worst of the snow to begin falling in the overnight hours.READ MORE: Kreider's Hat Trick Powers Rangers To Win Over Coyotes
The snow was expected to fall at a rate of 2 to 4 inches an hour until midday Tuesday, and winds will gust 40 to 60 mph.
The storm could bury communities in 4 or more feet of snow. Coastal flooding and erosion is also a major threat.
One forecasting model earlier in the day anticipated a grand total of 34.4 inches of snow falling in New York City. More modest models anticipated 17.1 inches. Most estimates have shown the city in the 12- to 24-inch range.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Monday from Sullivan and Ulster counties down south.
Subway service and all other Metropolitan Transportation Authority service was shut down altogether effective at 11 p.m.