New York residents and those leaving the state should expect closed roads and more canceled flights as the state braces for snow that’s expected to cover some areas with up to 36 inches, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) said in a news conference Monday afternoon.
The statewide storm makes it more difficult for resources and assets to be deployed to help slammed parts of the states, the governor said.
Snowplows simply cannot keep up with the expected two inches of snow per hour that is expected to continue until Tuesday, he said.
“If you are not an essential worker, you should not be on the roads,” he said.
Many roads are nearly impassable, causing the New York City Transit interim president Sarah Feinberg to announce that outdoor subway operations will be suspended as of 2 p.m. Monday. Buses will continue to operate as long as it is safe to do so, but she said it was unclear for how long.
Some bus routes could be suspended within coming hours, Feinberg said.
Snow and big wind gusts have affected flights leaving New York. Rick Cotton, executive director for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said that about 90 percent of flights have been canceled at La Guardia Airport and the remaining are expected to see the same fate.
Newark Liberty International Airport has about four flights scheduled but those could also stay grounded, and flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport are facing difficulty because of an electrical problem, Cotton said at the news conference.
All commuter railroad service will be suspended at 3 p.m. Monday, Cotton announced.
New Yorkers who scheduled coronavirus vaccine appointments at state-run locations will be able to schedule in an upcoming date.