Hochul declares state of emergency in New York ahead of Winter Storm Elliott

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Christmas weekend is going to be miserable in most parts of New York.

On Thursday, Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency across New York in preparation for a major storm expected to hit the Northeast over the holiday weekend.

The measure will take effect at 6 a.m. Friday, when winter storm Elliott, dubbed a “once in a generation” weather phenomenon by the National Weather Service, is expected to hit the region.

“With Mother Nature throwing everything at us this weekend, we advise New Yorkers considering a vacation trip to travel before Friday or after Sunday to ensure their safety.

A so-called bomb cyclone, with atmospheric pressure dropping very quickly in a strong storm, was predicted to develop near the Great Lakes late Thursday night through Friday.

A blizzard warning, coastal flood warning, high wind warning, cold weather warning, and winter storm warning are all in effect for New York City.

Pedestrians wait on street corners as a bomb cyclone develops near the Great Lakes late Thursday night into Friday.

As temperatures drop into single digits in Chicago on December 22, 2022, Pete, a 41-year-old homeless man, stands next to a donated tent near the highway where he lives.

A 41-year-old homeless man stands next to a donated tent near the freeway where he lives in Chicago on December 22, 2022.


Pedestrians walk a snow-covered sidewalk as temperatures drop into the single digits on Dec. 22, 2022 in Chicago.

Pedestrians walk down a snow-covered street in Chicago on December 22, 2022.

A snow plow plows the snow.

A blizzard warning, a coastal flood warning, and a gale warning are all in effect for New York City.


The state has completely closed to commercial vehicles approximately 135 miles (about 135 miles) of Interstate 90 from Rochester to the Pennsylvania border. Several roads in Erie County, which is expected to hit three feet of snow on Monday, will also be closed.

More than 5,000 flights have already been canceled ahead of winter storms, which are expected to bring blizzards and record cold temperatures.

Parts of upstate New York will be covered in snow, and areas near the coast, including New York City, will see rain for most of Friday, forecasters said.

People line up at the airport terminal.
More than 5,000 flights have already been canceled ahead of winter storms.

Winds are likely to reach 60 mph from Friday through Saturday, and temperatures can quickly plummet to 35 degrees in some areas, bringing freezing cold and icy roads.

President Joe Biden said Thursday, “This is not like the snow days of my childhood. This is a serious problem.”

Other states are already feeling the effects of moving storms.

In Wyoming, highway patrols responded to over 100 shipwrecks within 12 hours during a massive whiteout compared to Antarctic conditions.

Police said one person died after a car overturned in Kansas City, Missouri.

Denver hit its coldest temperature in 32 years on Thursday morning when temperatures dipped to minus 24 degrees Celsius.

with post wire

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