Travel ban declared and a state of emergency for Long Island

****Winter Storm Update, Jan. 24, 2016****

Updated information is noted in red.

  • As of 7 a.m., the travel ban on the Long Island Expressway and the Northern State Parkway has been lifted.
  • Suffolk County Bus and SCAT service will be suspended Sunday.
  • Residents are urged to continue to avoid travel, as state, county and municipal road crews continue to clear service roads, highways and streets. Winds may also continue to blow snow back into roadways, continuing to make driving hazardous.
  • For updates on service changes to the Long Island Railroad, please see the MTA’s webpage:

For emergencies, you can dial 911. For non-emergency phone calls, Suffolk County Emergency Management can be reached at 631-852-4900.

Original Release:

Governor Cuomo has declared a travel ban and a state of emergency for New York City, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley as a major nor’easter impacts the region. Road travel ban will commence as of 2:30pm in the downstate area.

All NYC bus service was suspended as of noon today. Metro-North and Long Island Railroad service will stop at 4 p.m. Above-ground subway stations will close at the same time, although under-ground service will continue, he said.

Blizzard warning is in effect through Sunday afternoon for New York City and Long Island. Up to 30 inches of snow expected with winds of 30-40 mph and gusts up to 55 mph.

Please stay off the roads and allow road crews to clear the streets. Shovel out fire hydrants in your neighborhood to allow firefighters quick access in case they are needed. Please stay home.

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