Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that subway service will start slowing down at 7-8 p.m. in anticipation of what he called "a serious blizzard." Additionally, the MTA will have early service for Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road and then, Cuomo said, will likely close service at 11 p.m.
Part of the concern is getting subway cars put away safely so they can come back into service later. The subway cars will be stored in the underground express tracks. (MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast called this a "plan 5" action.) As for bus service, the MTA is chaining the articulated buses and if demand goes down (there were many customers coming in earlier, so hopefully they'll go home earlier), they'll bring the buses in.
The PATH will be operating on a weekend schedule starting at 9 p.m.
The governor also announced that he has called a "State of Emergency" for New York City, Long Island and Rockland, Orange, Putnam Sullivan and Ulster Counties. He also issued a ban on tractor-trailers for I-84, I-287 and NY Thruway South Exit 17 starting at 4 p.m.
Further, Cuomo said, "We are considering a travel ban on all main roads at 11 p.m. tonight." They'll reassess the weather at 4 p.m. and make further decisions about various service. He stressed that people should get home soon, "By 4 o'clock, 5 o'clock, 6 o'clock tonight—you want to be home."