Conn., NYC Shut Down Roads Starting Tonight

De Blasio wants all non-emergency vehicles off NYC streets by 11pm
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2015 9:42 AM CST
Updated Jan 26, 2015 12:44 PM CST
People jog in the snow on the Esplanade in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(Newser) – The roads in Connecticut and New York City will be empty tonight: Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy instituted a travel ban for the entire state beginning at 9pm tonight at a morning news conference on the looming blizzard, saying, "It's imperative that you have a plan in place to get home safe this evening." On Twitter, his office runs down the latest: Snow is expected to be "intermittent" through the late afternoon then hit hard, with accumulation totals potentially reaching as high as 32 inches. Snow drifts could rise to 4 feet in height, and winds along the coast could hit 60mph. Other official reactions to the storm bearing down on the Northeast:

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says roads will be closed to all non-emergency vehicles by 11pm, the AP reports, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says subway service will be limited after 7pm.
  • In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency, urging people to "please stay home and stay off the roads," CNN reports.
  • Connecticut's transit service will shutter at 8pm, and Metro North will beef up train service between 1pm and 5pm. NBC Connecticut reports Connecticut utility companies are approaching this blizzard as a Category 1 storm; that could translate into 100,000 customers without power, some for days, potentially.
More on the storm here

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