NYC Mayor Announces State of Emergency Due to Winter Storm Stella


New York: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a state of emergency for New York ahead of the arrival of Winter Storm Stella, a nor’easter that’s expected to bring heavy snow and strong winds to the tri-state area on Tuesday.

“We’re going to be hit with a tremendous challenge in the coming hours,” de Blasio said Monday afternoon. A decision of whether or not to implement a travel ban, which has already been done in neighboring Connecticut, has not yet been made, though de Blasio seems to be leaning towards yes as of his most recent comments just before his 10 PM briefing: “The current projections are high enough to justify it,” he said. “We want to see one more report to see if those are holding.”

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced that all above ground subway service will be suspended at 4 AM Tuesday. Express subway services will end at midnight, along with the ushering in of the state of emergency. The NYC bus, LIRR, and Metro North service may be suspended as well, the governor Tweeted Monday afternoon.

“The level of snowfall that is forecasted would prohibit safe operation of Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North. So people should stay home unless absolutely necessary,” Governor Cuomo said.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urges residents to avoid unnecessary travel and help keep the roads clear for sanitation crews and first responders ahead of the arrival of Winter Storm Stella.

“We’re preparing for a significant storm on Tuesday, and New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous road conditions,” de Blasio said.

New York City Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, the mayor said. The Department of Education is also reporting via Twitter that all adult education will be closed as well.

The storm in New York City has been downgraded, but a winter weather advisory remains in effect. Mayor Bill de Blasio has urged citizens to look out for homeless people who are on the streets during the storm.