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The National Weather Service announced a storm warning in New York City and New Jersey. The cities can expect heavy snowfall and could receive up to 18 inches of snow overnight. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued a local state of emergency.

The warning was issued Sunday and will stay in effect until Tuesday morning. 

TRAVEL SUSPENDED

Mayor de Blasio tweeted a statement that ordered the restriction of all non-essential travel starting at 6 a.m. on Feb. 1. He asked citizens to keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles. 

“Make no mistake: this storm will bring heavy snowfall, and it will make travel dangerous in every neighborhood in our city,” said de Blasio in a statement

“New Yorkers should stay home, keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles, and let our plows work to keep us all safe. This order will be mandatory at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow, and everyone should make necessary preparations this evening.”

Multiple New York ferry routes are suspended through Monday night. De Blasio said the Staten Island Ferry will continue to run for essential purposes on a restricted schedule. 

“In anticipation of high winds and white-out conditions caused by Winter Storm Orlena, NYC Ferry is suspending service on all routes Monday, 2/1,” the NYC Ferry website states

SCHOOLS GO REMOTE

De Blasio also ordered the closure of schools and suspension of in-person learning, in an announcement at City Hall on Feb. 1. Students will be learning remotely through Tuesday. Both childcare and food services provided through New York City schools will also be cancelled. 

The mayor continued to beg New Yorkers to stay indoors, citing blizzard conditions. De Blasio also said New York City Emergency Services is expecting some “moderate coastal flooding.”

Written ByAshley Grams

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