NEW YORK (MorichesDaily) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for New York as the blizzard rolls in on the Northeast.
Cuomo, speaking at his Manhattan headquarters, said New York City and Long Island will be heavily impacted, with Suffolk County bearing the brunt of the storm. Parts of the state bordering Connecticut and Massachusetts should also expect dangerous conditions, the governor added.
Cuomo said he made the declaration in part to give the state and local governments more flexibility in dealing with the storm.
He has also spoken to a number of elected officials throughout the state and insists that utility and road-plowing crews are already hard at work.
In a media briefing shortly before 4:30 p.m., Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he was declaring a state of emergency effective Friday afternoon to provide more flexibility with state and local efforts to deal with storm and its aftermath.
“We’re expecting a severe winter storm but nothing more than a severe winter storm,” Cuomo said. “We’ve been preparing for it for a number of days now.”
“It will probably hit Long Island even worse” than New York City, with “Suffolk bearing the brunt of it,” he said. “The MTA expects to maintain operations. If the storm got really bad, then we would take measures to protect equipment like we’ve done in the past, but we don’t anticipate that for this storm at this time.”
The worst is yet to come!
A major winter storm settled in over the Tri-State area Friday, bringing with it rain, sleet and snow.
The National Weather Service said around 4 p.m. that radar and observations indicate the precipitation had changed over to all snow for most of New York City.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning through 1 p.m. Saturday for New York City, Long Island, northeastern New Jersey, all of Connecticut and southern Westchester County.
Accumulations of 12 to 18 inches with localized higher amounts within developing snow bands.
Wind gusts up to 45 mph are expected with temperatures falling into the 20s by Friday evening. Visibilities will be one quarter mile or less at times.
The strongest winds and heaviest snow will occur Friday evening into Saturday morning. With near hurricane force winds off the tip of Long Island possible.