Snow has blanketed the Tri-State area as part of a winter storm that is bringing heavy snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures to most of the Northeast.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for New York City, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties as well as parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.
Both warnings are in effect until 1 p.m. today, Erev Shabboos.
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a state of emergency for New York in response to the storm.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also declared a state of emergency. All state offices are closed for non-essential employees.
Christie said, “The impending weather conditions over the next several days will produce a variety of dangerous travel conditions throughout the state. I’ve authorized state officials to take all necessary action in advance of the storm, and my Administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to stay off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”
Some parts of New York could get up to a foot of snow by the time the storm moves out, with forecasts generally calling for 6 to 12 inches. New York City, likely to see 4 to 8 inches, issued a snow alert.
Many yeshivos, Bais Yaakovs and schools around the Tri-State area are closed today. In New York City, Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina has announced the closure of all NYC public schools today.