Winter Storm: NYS declares State Disaster Emergency, cancels in-person learning

Winter Storm: NYS  declares State Disaster Emergency, cancels in-person learning

Moses Kuwema

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has warned that a State Disaster Emergency may be declared throughout the Hudson Valley because of the winter storm.

And New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has also announced the cancelation of in-person learning for city schools on Thursday owing to the powerful winter storm.

Governor Cuomo said half the State could see snow accumulations from 12 to 18 inches, coastal flooding and power outages possible in New York City and Long Island. 

"Empty and tandem tractor trailers banned on all MTA Bridges and Tunnels beginning at 4 p.m. Empty and Tandem Tractor Trailers also Banned on New York State Thruway South of Exit 24, on I-84 from the Connecticut State Line to the Pennsylvania State Line, on I-684 Between I-84 to I-287, and on Route 17 Between I-84 and I-81 Beginning at 5 p.m," stated Governor Cuomo.
In a Tweet Wednesday from his verified account, Mayor de Blasio said, "With a powerful winter storm on the way, we're going to CANCEL in-person learning for @NYCSchools on Thursday, December 17.

"I know we all grew up with the excitement of snow days, but this year is different. Tomorrow will be a FULL REMOTE learning day for our students."

"School buildings will be closed tomorrow. That means in-person Learning Labs and Learning Bridges will be canceled too, as will in-school COVID-19 testing and our free meal services for tomorrow. Follow @NYCSchools for more updates as we have them," concluded Mayor de Blasio.

The National Weather Service of New York issued the following advisory, "Roads are quickly becoming icy out there as the snow picks up in intensity. Use extra caution if you must travel this evening. Snowfall rates will increase through the evening."