A major Nor'easter a week away from the first day of spring is expected to bring the Hudson Valley to a standstill Tuesday, shutting down travel due to heavy snow and strong winds that could result in blizzard conditions during the day.
Snow, which arrived in the pre-dawn hours, will become heavy at times, with snowfall rates of up to 2 to 3 inches per hour possible at times.
By the time the Nor'easter, a convergence of two powerful storms -- one from the west and the other from the south -- wraps up during the event, parts of the area could be buried in as much as two feet or more of snow accumulation.
The latest snowfall projections, released early Tuesday by the National Weather Service, indicate interior areas are expected to get more snowfall, with New York City and points farthest south a bit less than expected.
A Blizzard Warning is in effect until midnight Wednesday. During that time, the National Weather Service urges residents not to travel, saying in a statement: "Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a State of Emergency that took effect midnight Tuesday covering all 62 counties in New York.
Cuomo also directed non-essential state employees impacted by the winter storm to stay home from work on Tuesday without having to charge accruals.
MTA express subway service was suspended after the rush hour Monday night in order to store trains underground on those tracks. Beginning at 4 a.m. Tuesday, above-ground service on the subway was also be suspended.
Commuters traveling on New York City Transit, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North are encouraged to stay home Tuesday, if possible.
Metro North will be operating a Sunday schedule with extra trains as needed until further notice. There will be no Branch Line service.
In Westchester, all Bee-Line Bus services is suspended until further notice.
Snow and snow drifts could make some roads impassable, cause airline delays and flight cancellations and possibly lead to suspension of railroad travel. Nearly all schools and school districts in the area announced closures on Monday -- well ahead of the storm's arrival. Whiteout conditions are possible, as are power outages.
A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect for Southern Westchester from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Snow and freezing drizzle are likely to continue until around 10 p.m. Tuesday, with a chance of more snow till 3 a.m.
Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a high only reaching 30 and scattered snow showers after 11 a.m.
The last time a storm with more than 10 inches accumulation occurred in New York City was the 1993 "Storm of the Century," which resulted in 11 inches of accumulation in Central Park and 43 inches in Syracuse.
After mostly sunny but brisk days Thursday and Friday, there's a chance of some more snow Saturday.
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