Nemo brings snow to the Southern Tier
On Friday morning, schools in Tioga County, as well as area agencies, were already cancelling events and announcing early closures as the threats of heavy snow made their way into the area. By 3 p.m., the snow began to fall locally, with up to 12 inches anticipated by the end of the storm.
With most of the storm expected to become heavy towards the eastern and northern shores, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Friday as the storm, named Nemo, was set to hit the New York City area Friday into Saturday with more than a foot of snow predicted.
"You've heard of Finding Nemo. It seems like Nemo has found us," Cuomo during a Friday afternoon briefing. "As everyone knows, we are expecting a severe winter storm, but nothing more than a severe winter storm."
Cuomo urged New Yorkers on Friday to take precautions, to go home and stay off the roads.
State Police closed Interstate 84 in New York on Friday to commercial traffic. Cuomo said most airports would close Friday at around 4 p.m., and JFK International Airport was set to close at around 6 p.m. More than 2,300 flights have been canceled.
"This is a serious, severe storm, a winter storm," Cuomo said. "But we just went through some really terrible storms with Hurricane Sandy. We are not anticipating anything like that. That's the good news. Severe winter storm, a lot of shoveling, stay indoors. If you can, get home."