Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a state of emergency Sunday night because of the monstrous storm that hit the city.
Residents have been urged to stay home during the storm – all non-essential travel has been restricted, starting at 6 a.m. Monday. “This is a very dangerous storm,” the mayor said. Only those seeking medical care or medication and first responders such as first responders, pharmacy and grocery store employees, and restaurant and delivery workers will be allowed on the roads.
“New Yorkers should stay home, clear the roads for emergency vehicles. Make no mistake: this storm will bring heavy snowfall and make travel dangerous in all areas of our city,” de Blasio said in a statement.
The storm, dubbed “Eagle” by Weather Channel meteorologists, is expected to bring up to 24 inches of snow to the Big Apple over the next 2 days. The combination of heavy snowfall and gusty winds could lead to a powerful blizzard. This will be the first time in at least five years that the city will be covered in more than 30 cm of snow during a single storm.