Cuomo: Storm may close roads

File photo. Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Major road closings are possible Thursday afternoon ahead of a major winter storm headed for New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Major roadways, including the Long Island Expressway, may be closed Thursday afternoon ahead of a major winter storm headed towards the area, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

The storm is expected to bring four to eight inches of snow in New York City from Thursday night through Friday morning, along with high winds and frigid temperatures, according to The National Weather Service.

Long Island is expected to get the most snow, with up to 10 inches possible. A blizzard warning remains in effect there from 6 p.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. on Friday.

“We want people to be aware that if the storm continues on this trajectory, with this severity, there is a real possibility of road closings,” the governor said on a conference call on Wednesday.

The road closings could include the LIE and Long Island parkways. In Westchester, it could include portions of I-84 and I-684, the governor said. He strongly encouraged commuters to take mass transit on Thursday.

Another storm that is approaching the upstate area will stretch the state’s resources, Cuomo said.

“We are looking at a serious storm situation and we are preparing accordingly,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can do, but we’ve learned Mother Nature wins at the end of the day.”

The city’s sanitation department already issued its own “snow alert” at 1 a.m. on Thursday, loading 365 salt spreaders and attaching plows when necessary.


Grimm choice: Tax fraud trial could dog NY…

Rep. Michael Grimm may be splitting his time between the campaign trail and a courtroom where he is due to face tax evasion charges.


Met Opera, unions extend talks for 72 hours,…

Met Opera agreed to extend negotiations with its labor unions for 72 hours, preventing a threatened lockout, the organization said late Thursday.


MAP: New York City street closures August 2…

Summer Streets, the NYC Triathlon, the Ecuadorian Parade and festivals will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend.


Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.


Interview: Brendan Gleeson on 'Calvary' and his very…

Brendan Gleeson discusses how "Calvary" began over drinks and how his priest character is the opposite of the officer he played in "The Guard."


Interview: Chris O'Dowd does funny and serious in…

Chris O'Dowd talks about "Calvary," an Irish comedy-drama about a priest (Brendan Gleeson) under fire.


'Alive Inside' and 'Code Black' are documentaries with…

Two new documentaries — "Alive Inside" and "Code Black" — portray different issues but suffer from the same problem.


Caught a Ghost catches a soul/rap vibe

Jesse Nolan says Caught a Ghost's sound aims for two things everybody likes: soul music and '90s rap.


Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade…

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade deadline


Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…


Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.


Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.


Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.


Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…