NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — All nonemergency vehicles have been banned from the roads as until further notice, New York City public schools will be closed Tuesday, and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.
The travel ban took effect at 11 p.m. Monday. While there was a brief lull in the storm during the evening hours, forecasts late Monday night continued to call for up 2 feet of snow for New York City proper — with some models calling for more. The worst was expected in the early morning hours Tuesday.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority subway trains and buses, Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road were also shut down at 11 p.m. Roads in the southernmost 13 New York state counties were also placed under a travel ban that began at the same time, and violators could be fined up to $300, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier.
Early Monday evening, Mayor de Blasio advised everyone in the city to take precautions and be very careful. While the weather had briefly calmed down around 7 p.m., the mayor warned that the trend would not last.
“It’s about to start in earnest, and when it does, it’s going to come very fast, very hard, and people have to be careful,” the mayor said. “Stay off the streets. Stay off the sidewalks.”
NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill said those violating the driving ban could end up with a ticket, or in the worst-case scenario, be arrested.