News

Actions

Travel ban announced for New York

Posted: 12:22 PM, Jan 24, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-24 17:22:18Z

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a travel ban in New York City as a massive snowstorm hits the region with up to two feet of snow.

Cuomo said all non-emergency vehicles were ordered off the roads after 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the police will enforce the ban.

De Blasio said people should heed the warnings and "immediately go home." He urged Broadway theaters to cancel performances and restaurants to close.

Cuomo says Metro-North, the Long Island Rail Road and above-ground parts of the subway system shut down at 4 p.m.

MTA buses stopped running at noon.

RELATED:  Storm Shield app provides life-saving weather alerts
RELATED:  SnowCast tells how much snow will fall at your location

All Broadway shows — both matinees and evening performances — were cancelled Saturday after New York state officials declared a weather emergency.

 "We expect normal operations to resume for tomorrow's Sunday matinees,' Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, which represents producers, said.

The storm didn't stop the inaugural three-day BroadwayCon — sort of like a Comic Con for thespians — at a midtown hotel.

Further north, a Rita Moreno concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center was canceled.

The last time Broadway took a big weather hit was Superstorm Sandy in 2012. It darkened Broadway for four days and cost more than $8.5 million in lost revenue.