- Travel ban in effect from 2.30 p.m. today, except emergencies
- Theaters, restaurants close for day as mayor says `head home'
New York theaters canceled performances, restaurants closed and Mayor Bill de Blasio banned travel on Saturday as a blizzard affecting the U.S. East Coast hit the city harder than predicted.
The mayor restricted travel in all cases except emergencies beginning at 2:30 p.m. local time as weather agencies forecast as much as 25 inches (63 centimeters) of snow across the city.
“New Yorkers should head home now,” De Blasio said in a statement. "We need cars off the road so that our equipment can do its work and keep streets passable for emergency vehicles. Travel conditions are dangerous, and we want to keep all New Yorkers safe until this storm passes."
Metro North, Long Island Rail Road and above-ground Metropolitan Transportation Authority subway trains will all stop by 4 p.m., New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. He declared a state of emergency earlier.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also declared a state of emergency. New Jersey Transit stopped bus, rail and light-rail service, according to the agency’s website.
The Broadway League canceled all matinee and evening performances at the mayor’s urging. It said it expects performances to resume on Sunday.