Cuomo Declares 'State Of Emergency' Due To Storm

Jan 2, 2014

(AP & WXXI News)  Gov. Andrew Cuomo says some major commuter highways around New York City will be shut down overnight as a coastal storm brings snow and blizzard conditions to the region. 

Cuomo says Interstate 84 in the Hudson Valley will be closed to commercial traffic starting at 5 p.m. Thursday and to all traffic at midnight. He says the Long Island Expressway will also be closed at midnight in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Thruway will be closed from Albany south. 

Cuomo says there are no plans right now to shut down any Thruway segments in Western NY.

Cuomo says plans are for the highways to reopen at 5 a.m. Friday, but a decision will be made by 4 a.m. 

The governor also declared a statewide state of emergency Thursday and urged people to ``seriously consider staying in their homes.'' 

Livingston County Sheriff's Deputies advised no unnecessary travel on Thursday night, and State Police in our region also advised you avoid unnecessary travel.

The winter storm warning continues for our area through the night, with snowfall totals expected in the one to two feet range. There is also a wind chill advisory in effect for the Rochester area until Noon on Friday, with the wind chills as low as 15 below zero at times.