NYC area, new mayor ready for snow, icy temps

NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo says some major commuter highways around New York City will be shut down overnight as a coastal storm brings snow and blizzard conditions to the region.

Cuomo says Interstate 84 in the Hudson Valley will be closed to commercial traffic starting at 5 p.m. today and to all traffic at midnight. He says the Long Island Expressway will also be closed at midnight in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the I-87 Thruway will be closed from Albany south.

Cuomo says plans are for the highways to reopen at 5 a.m. Friday, but a decision will be made by 4 a.m.

The governor also declared a statewide state of emergency Thursday and urged people to “seriously consider staying in their homes.”

He says mass transit isn’t expected to be hampered.