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New York and New Jersey declare state of emergency over winter storm

“This will be a dangerous storm,” New York Governoor Kathy Hochul said. “Please stay off the roads for your own safety. Stay in your homes.” 

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March 14, 2023 8:44am

Updated: March 14, 2023 8:44am

A state of emergency was declared in parts of New York City and New Jersey after a powerful storm system is expected to bring over a foot of snow and heavy rains to the region. 

New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency effective at 8 p.m. on Monday and activated the National Guard to assist with the emergency response, warning that the snow was going to “come down like a brick.” 

“This will be a dangerous storm,” Hochul said. “Please stay off the roads for your own safety. Stay in your homes.” 

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for five counties, adding that the “meaningful storm” was expected to bring over a foot of snow. 

Since Monday evening, all areas have seen continuous light rain. Snow, rain, and wind are expected to hit the region by Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. 

In New York City, the rain will transition into snow overnight, bringing along strong winds and cold temperatures. Up to two feet of snow are expected in Central New York, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, and North County regions. Higher elevations could see up to three feet of snow, while the Finger Lakes region could see up to eight inches. 

In the Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey, a significant amount of wet snow is expected, along with wind gusts of 40 mph. By Wednesday, a foot of snow is expected in Sullivan, Dutchess, and Ulster counties, while Westchester and Rockland could see from 3-8 inches.

The heavy, wet snow, combined with strong winds, could bring down power lines and tree limbs, causing power outages in thousands of homes and businesses in the area. Additionally, travel for commuters could be disrupted and coastal communities could experience flooding, according to forecasters.