Mayor de Blasio has declared a state of emergency for the city — effective at midnight — ahead of the“life-threatening” blizzard that’s set to rock the Big Apple on Tuesday.
“We’re going to be hit with a tremendous challenge in the coming hours,” the mayor said at a press conference Monday evening.
“Stay off streets for your own safety,” he added. “Stay in if you can.”
With millions bracing for the worst, de Blasio described how officials planned to deploy nearly 700 salt spreaders and 1,600 plows — along with 2,400 city workers.
“We expect this storm overall to be in the range of 16 inches to 20 inches of snow,” the mayor said, adding that some areas could even see up to two feet of the white stuff.
“Once the snow accumulates there will be nonstop plowing going on all over New York City,” de Blasio vowed. “But I want people to understand, because of intensive accumulation, do not expect to see blacktop for quite a while.”
As sanitation workers attempt to deal with the 2 to 4 inches of snow that’s predicted to fall each hour, the mayor said residents should expect to see roads that won’t be plowed at first.
“You’re going to see a lot of streets where snow covers the streets throughout the day as sanitation tries to deal with the massive volume of snow coming in,” de Blasio said.
All New York City schools will be closed Tuesday due to the storm, in addition to all above-ground portions of the subway system.
Con Edison has issued an advisory to residents, warning them that the combination of heavy snow and intense winds could send tree branches flying into power lines — causing many to lose power.