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.
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.