Storm forces emergency declarations, travel shutdowns as it bears down on the Northeast
Travel across much of the Northeast began shutting down Monday as a massive winter storm bore down on the region and officials warned the public to hunker down.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie closed state offices Tuesday, declared a state of emergency, and urged “all New Jerseyans to remain off the roads so we can safely & efficiently handle all emergency situations.” Some transit in New Jersey was scheduled to shut down at midnight.
In Connecticut, Gov. Dan Malloy issued a state-wide travel ban, beginning at 5 a.m. Tuesday, on all state roads, except for “those whose services are absolutely essential for emergency purposes.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency that was set to begin at midnight Tuesday.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked people in his state to work from home Tuesday and said above ground MTA service would stop starting at 4 a.m. He also said express subway service would end at midnight, and left the door open to other potential transit suspensions.
Meanwhile, officials in Philadelphia declared a snow emergency beginning at 9 p.m. Monday. The emergency includes restrictions on parking and trash collection.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also declared a state of emergency. The declaration advised Virginians to stay off the roads, and will let the state deploy 200 National Guard troops.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency Monday night.
In Washington, DC, officials were watching the storm to determine if federal employees should be ordered to stay home Tuesday. A decision was expected by 4 a.m.
— Jim Dalrymple II