13 Mar 2017 03:27 PM EST
-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: The current radar over NYC shows no sign of the storm, though clouds are approaching later in the night. (Image Source: National Weather Service)
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has announced that public schools throughout the city will be closed on Tuesday as the east coast prepares for Winter Storm Stella.
Flights have also been canceled and travel warnings issued as the blizzard approaches, CNN notes. Around 4,000 flights originally scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled throughout the region.
"Everyone along the east coast be safe and listen to local officials as a major winter storm approaches," President Donald Trump tweeted.
The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings and watches across the region, including northeastern New Jersey, southeastern New York, and southern Connecticut. In the immediate area, a blizzard warning is in effect for the lower Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City, western Long Island, parts of New Jersey and Connecticut from late Monday night through Tuesday night, according to CBS New York. Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. are also expecting major snowfall.
According to current weather reports, New York City could see up to 20 inches of snow. Coastal flooding and wind gusts up to 40 to 50 mph are also possible.
"We're preparing for a significant storm on Tuesday and New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous road conditions," the mayor said at a news conference.
"This kind of snow coming down this intensely, it's going to be dangerous," he added.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo also activated the State Emergency Operations Center for Monday evening and told commuters to drive carefully and avoid unnecessary travel.
Snowfall is expected to begin after midnight in NYC with the greatest amount of accumulation to occur between 6 a.m. and noon. The city can expect a possible 2 to 4 inches per hour.
Currently, subways and buses have not announced any schedule changes.
AllMediaNY will continue to track Winter Storm Stella as it approaches the area.
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