Storm Preparations Continue with Travel Bans and Flight Cancellations
As millions of people in the Northeast prepared for one of the biggest blizzards to ever hit the region, government officials announced travel bans and suspensions and reductions in bus and train service, while urging people to leave work early.
New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, said that the storm will “likely be one of the largest blizzards” in the city’s history, announcing that there would be a ban on driving after 11:00 p.m. and that schools would be closed on Tuesday. Subway service will continue, albeit on a limited basis, after 7:00 p.m., but the region’s commuter rail systems, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro North, plan to suspend service at 11:00 p.m.
Boston will shut down its subway system and commuter rail lines at midnight Monday and they will remain closed on Tuesday.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, and Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island officials announced travel bans.
Airlines have already cancelled over 5,000 flights for Monday and Tuesday, according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service. More than 70% of all flights at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and 50% at John F. Kennedy International Airport have been cancelled as of 2:00 p.m.
The storm is likely to set records for snowfall. The record snowfall in New York City was set in 2006, when 26.9” of the white stuff fell. A 1947 blizzard left a little over 26” and a storm in 1888 blanketed the city with 21”.
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