Utilities are taking every precaution to try to prevent widespread power outages as a major winter storm bears down on the Tri-State area.
A blizzard warning is in effect through 1 p.m. on Shabbos for New York City, Long Island, northeastern New Jersey, all of Connecticut and southern Westchester County.
Heavy snow and strong winds could knock down trees and power lines.
The embattled Long Island Power Authority is turning over control to subcontractor National Grid for the first time in its history after facing criticism for its response during Sandy when 90 percent of homes serviced by the utility lost power for days.
National Grid is securing hundreds of extra crews and support personnel, saying the storm could result in a significant number of potentially prolonged electrical outages. Read more here.