Icicles drip from the overhang of a picnic shelter at the Blacksburg Municipal "Hill" Golf Course after a winter storm in Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The National Weather Service has lifted a winter weather advisory for much of the Baltimore and Washington areas. But the advisory remains in effect until noon for western Maryland, western Virginia and points to the north. (AP Photo / The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)
UPDATE AS OF 1PM FROM GOVERNOR CUOMO & NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: UPDATE: Mayor Andrew Cuomo says L.I.E and Northern State Parkway travel BAN starts 2:30PM, and the road will be SHUT DOWN by 4PM. 30 inches of snow possible according to National Weather Service. GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES TRAVEL BAN EFFECTIVE AT 2:30 PM TODAY Travel ban applies to all local and state roads in New York City and on Long Island, and Port Authority’s trans-Hudson crossings MTA suspending above-ground subway service as well as LIRR and Metro-North service as of 4:00 p.m. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a travel ban on all local and state roads in New York City, Long Island, and the Port Authority’s trans-Hudson crossings, effective at 2:30 p.m. today. Additionally, the MTA will begin suspending service at 4:00 p.m. on the LIRR, Metro-North Railroad, Staten Island Railway, and above-ground subway lines in New York City. All bus services in New York City remain suspended until further notice. At the request of Governor Cuomo, and with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's concurrence, the Port Authority has issued a travel ban on the following trans-Hudson crossings: George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing. On closed roads, only authorized emergency vehicles, hazard vehicles and critical healthcare personnel will be permitted. “Safety is our number one priority – and right now, it is not safe for the general public to travel,” said Governor Cuomo. “Closing the roads and exterior rail roads and subways is the right thing to do in this situation, because it helps emergency personnel do their jobs and respond to the storm as aggressively as possible. We are doing everything necessary to keep people safe, and I encourage all New Yorkers to wait out the storm indoors.” Details of the road and transit closings are below. These restrictions do not apply to emergency personnel, first responders and other critical employees such as · All local and state roads in New York City and Long Island: A travel ban will go into effect on all state and local roads at 2:30 p.m. until further notice in New York City and on Long Island. Only authorized emergency vehicles, hazard vehicles and critical healthcare personnel will be permitted on these roads. · New York City subways and buses: The last inbound or outbound trains on above-ground lines will depart at 4:00 p.m. today. After 4:00 p.m., service on above-ground lines will be suspended until further notice. Service will thin out before 4:00 p.m., and some subway lines may be delayed or suspended on a case-by-case basis as conditions warrant, so commuters should not wait until 4:00 p.m. to head home. All local and express bus service remains suspended until further notice. · LIRR, Metro-North and Staten Island Railroad: The last inbound or outbound trains will depart at 4:00 p.m. today. After 4:00 p.m., service will be suspended until further notice. Service will thin out before 4:00 p.m., and some rail services may be delayed or suspended on a case-by-case basis as conditions warrant, so commuters should not wait until 4:00 p.m. to head home. Governor Cuomo also announced the closure of all State Parks and Department of Environmental Conservation properties and facilities located within the impacted areas, including facilities in Suffolk, Nassau, New York City, Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam Counties. According to latest forecasts the storm is predicted to bring 24-30 inches of snow by Sunday in New York City area with 18-24 inches likely on Long Island. Heavy winds with speeds between 30 and 40 mph are expected, with gusts as high as 55 mph, contributing to whiteout conditions and power outages. Coastal flooding remains a concern along parts of Long Island during this evening high tide. On closed roads, only authorized emergency vehicles will be permitted. A violation of the travel ban is punishable as misdemeanor that includes fines of up to $300. The Governor today signed an Executive Order authorizing the State to institute the travel ban on local and state roads. Metro-North and LIRR customers can visit MTA.info and monitor MTA email and text message service alerts, or @LIRR or @MetroNorth on Twitter for information about train resumption schedules. Subway, bus, Metro-North and LIRR customers can visit mta.info and monitor MTA email and text message service alerts, or @MTA, @NYCTsubway, @NYCTbus, @LIRR or @MetroNorth on Twitter for information about service resumption. For road updates, New York State provides a travel advisory system that features real-time travel reports and road conditions, which can be accessed by dialing 511 or online at www.511ny.org. Thruway motorists are encouraged to sign up for TRANSalert e-mails which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway. Motorists can sign up for TRANSalerts by following this link: http://www.thruway.ny.gov/tas/index.shtml. Thruway travelers can also get real-time updates by following @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter or by visiting http://www.thruway.ny.gov to see an interactive map showing traffic conditions for the Thruway and other New York State roadways. Earlier this morning, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York City as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam Counties. Additional information from the Governor’s earlier briefings is available here. Update as of 8AM From Steve Bellone: Suffolk County: STORM UPDATE: As of 8 a.m. today, I have declared a State of Emergency in Suffolk County. The snow accumulations forecast for our area have increased significantly overnight to between 18 and 24 inches according to the National Weather Service. We are experiencing 30 to 40 mph winds with gusts up to 45 mph, creating extremely dangerous whiteout conditions. I cannot stress this enough folks: stay off the roads and avoid all unnecessary travel. The Suffolk County Police Department has already received emergency calls for over 7 car accidents. Not only will staying off the road allow the 100 County trucks already on the road to do their job, but it will ensure your safety. As a reminder, all Suffolk County Transit and SCAT bus routes have been suspended for today. Suffolk County is also keeping a close watch on our coastal communities as there is a strong possibility of coastal flooding, particularly on the South Shore. I will be posting important information on this page. Patchogue: The Mayor has declared that a state of emergency exists for the Village of Patchogue, effective at 10 am, today, Saturday, January 23. Further, the Mayor asks that all Village business close by 9 pm this evening. Additionally, flooding along the coastline is a major concern for later today. The Mayor reports that a high tide 4-5 feet above normal is projected for this evening, which means Village DPW will need to focus attention to South Patchogue. At this point, The Mayor, Village Public Safety personnel and officials will reassess conditions at 1 pm.