New York governor Kathy Hochul has appealed to New Yorkers to stay off the road and avoid unnecessary travel over the weekend in view of the massive winter nor’easter that could hit the state, particularly Long Island.
“As we head into the weekend, I encourage New Yorkers to closely follow their local weather forecasts, stay off the roads and avoid unnecessary travel,” Hochul said.
Hochul made the appeal on Thursday after weather forecasters predicted that a nor’easter will blanket the tristate area Friday night and Saturday and will likely bury the Island in a blizzard.
The AccuWeather predicted Thursday that a “bomb cyclone” could drop as much as 36 inches in parts of Long Island like Islip.
It added that more likely, though, 12 to 18 inches will pummel everything from Wantagh to Westhampton.
Accuweather senior meteorologist Paul Walker revealed that New York City would be at the western back edge of the storm.
Walker added that a foot could fall east of the city and 6 or fewer inches west of the city, with up to 4 inches hitting the boroughs.
He said if the storm takes more of a western path, the city could get creamed as well.
“We’ll have to see what the exact track is. … There’s nothing set in stone yet,” Walker said.