New York State has declared a state of emergency ahead of the Blizzard that will impact most of the state.  The state of emergency covers all 62 counties in New York State.  Governor Cuomo said in a statement, with heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions expected from upstate to downstate, we are taking every precaution to keep New Yorkers safe. I urge residents to stay informed, avoid unnecessary travel, and where possible, leave work early as heavy snowfall is expected to begin tonight.”

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What does a state of emergency mean?

It gives the local government agencies the resources and authority it needs to respond to during the storm.  Also, it allows Governor Cuomo to direct certain state agencies before, during and after the storm.

Here are other facts and information from the Governor’s office:

  • Tuesday morning at 4am, above-ground service on the subway will be suspended.
  • All non-essential state employees are being directed to stay home on Tuesday.
  • Thruway Authority has a 24 rotation of maintenance staff and snow removal equipment standing by.
  • Metro North expects to have suspended service on Tuesday.
  • Bridges and tunnels will remain open, but as the winds pick up the bridges will modify operation.  When winds reach 40mph, pedestrians walkways will be closed.  Once winds reach 50mph, trucks will be banned from the bridges.  If winds reach 60mph, then bridge service will be suspended
  • Closure of all state parks.

Local towns here in the Hudson Valley, have already declared state of emergencies. The Town of Lloyd, has declared a state of emergency from 6am to midnight on Tuesday.  Supervisor Paul Hanset says no travel on town roads will be permitted.

Expect, that there could be closures of I-84 and New York State Thruway.

Please, play it safe and stay off the roads.  My friends and I recorded this special public service announcement for you.