NYC issues state of emergency ahead of brutal winter storm



Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday night issued a state of emergency order due to the monster storm that’s expected to wallop New York City.

Residents were urged to stay home during the storm — with all non-essential travel restricted beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday.

“This is a very dangerous storm,” the mayor said on NY1.

Only those seeking medical treatment or medical supplies and essential workers — such as first responders, pharmacy and grocery store staffers and restaurant and delivery workers — will be allowed on the roads.

“New Yorkers should stay home, keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles and let our plows work to keep us safe,” de Blasio said in a statement.

“Make no mistake: this storm will bring heavy snowfall and it will make travel dangerous in every neighborhood in our city.”

The storm — dubbed Orlena by the Weather Channel — is expected to dump between 18 and 24 inches of snow on the Big Apple through Monday and into Tuesday.

The heaviest snowfall is forecast for mid-morning on Monday into the evening, with the potential for flakes to come down at a rate of 1 to 3 inches per hour.

The mix of heavy snow and gusty winds could lead to blizzard conditions.

It would be the first time in at least five years that the city gets blanketed with more than a foot of snow during a single storm.

De Blasio said earlier on Sunday that coronavirus-vaccination appointments scheduled for Monday had been postponed due to the impending storm, with a decision on Tuesday’s appointments yet to be made.

“It will be rescheduled quickly,” he later said on NY1 about Monday’s appointments.

“We don’t want people out trying to get a vaccination and end up being in harm’s way during this weather.”

In-person instruction at the city’s public schools was also scrapped for Monday, with classes moving online.

Alternate-side parking was suspended for both Monday and Tuesday.


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