Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers to use caution on the roads today and stay home if possible after several feet of snow blanketed the New York City area.
The worst hit area of the state was on Long Island, where 12-24 inches of snow fell, with more than 30 inches in parts of Suffolk County, the governor said at a morning briefing.
“Use consideration today. If you don’t need to leave the house for an urgent matter, don’t leave the house,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo said the state was sending emergency crews to Massachusetts and Connecticut, which were socked by up to three feet of snow in some places.
“This state has had consequences, but nothing like our neighboring states,” Cuomo said. “They were hit much harder.”
The lower Hudson Valley received 15-21 inches of snow Saturday morning, while about a foot fell in parts of western New York. The Southern Tier received up to nine inches of snow in some parts.
The blizzard resulted in at least four deaths in New York and Canada, including a 74-year-old man who was fatally struck by a vehicle in Poughkeepsie, according to the Associated Press.
Cuomo said crews would be cleaning up the roads today, saying about 150 people were stranded in vehicles overnight on Long Island. There were about 100,000 people without power on Long Island, according to the state Power Authority.
The MTA said New York City subways and buses were running on a close-to-normal schedule. Metro North was running on limited service.
“We’re getting too much experience in emergency management,” Cuomo said, citing hurricanes and snow storms that have hit the state over the past year.