All roads in New York City have been closed as New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a travel ban from 2.30pm as a potentially deadly blizzard affects the state.
Anyone found driving on the roads of New York can be arrested but the subway remains open.
The massive winter storm Jonas has threatened to dump a record-breaking 30 inches of snow on the metropolitan area.
“After 2:30 if you are on the road and you don’t need to be there you are subject to arrest,” de Blasio said. The travel ban will be in effect until at least midnight. We’re going to tow any vehicle that is blocking our snow plow, our emergency vehicles.
“Turn around and go home right now. This is bad and it is getting worse rapidly.”
The dominoes were falling all day.
The MTA pulled all buses off the roads at noon, and announced that by 4 pm above-ground subway stations and all Metro-North and Long Island Railroad lines would be shut down.
The storm also put Saturday night’s Islanders-Flyers game and all Broadway shows on ice.
The blizzard was being driven by 55-mph wind gusts and producing snowfall at the rate of up to three inches per hour.
Nearly 15 inches of snow had fallen in Central Park by 1 pm; and nearly 17 inches was recorded Newark Liberty Airport, according to the National Weather Service.
The snowfall, which forecasters expected to end by midnight, could break the city’s all-time record of 26.9 inches recorded on Feb. 11-12, 2006.
The whiteout conditions even halted Staten Island Ferry service, which went to a two-boat delayed schedule, for a time.
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