NYC travel ban: New York City Blizzard
Published: January 24, 2016
NYC travel ban: New York City Blizzard, New York has imposed a ban on road travel amid a blizzard expected to be “one of the worst in the City’s history”.
Official estimates expect up to 30 inches of snow to fall in parts of New York, which has already seen significant downfalls in the extreme weather battering the east coast of the US.
The city is also on alert for coastal flooding due to high tides, with resources being “prioritised” for the Long Island and New York City areas.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the road travel ban which took effect from 2.30 local time, with trains due to stop running at 4pm on Metro North and LIRR lines. Only authorised emergency vehicles will be permitted on closed roads.
He said earlier that plows were no longer able to keep up witht the rate of snowfall, and warned that trains were being left stranded by iced over rails.
He tweeted: “Public safety is job 1. Road travel ban will commence as of 2.30pm in the downstate area, in an orderly way so people can get home.”
It followed Mayor Bill De Blasio telling a press conference the city was “seriously considering” a full ban on travel, and warning residents to “go home now” and “stay home”.
If more than 20 inches of snow fall, the storm will be among the top five most severe in the City’s history, since records began in the 1800s. It is already blanketed in snow, which began falling on Friday night, with 16 inches already recorded.
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