Blizzard Watch: 4 Ways You Won't Be Traveling in the Northeast

Jan 26, 2015 05:06 PM EST | Jordan Ecarma

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Planes, trains or automobiles--or none of the above?

As a serious snowstorm sweeps from northern New Jersey to southern Maine, more means of transportation are closing down as major cities such as New York and Boston slow to a crawl.

"This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Sunday.  "Don't underestimate this storm. Prepare for the worst."

Governors in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island have declared states of emergency, while flight cancellations for today and Tuesday have passed 6,000, according to NBC News.

In case you haven't yet been persuaded to stay indoors, here a few ways you definitely won't be traveling until Wednesday at the earliest.

New Jersey Transit

New Jersey commuter trains will shut down starting at 8 p.m. and won't be running again until Wednesday as snow covers the state.

"You should only go out in case of an absolute emergency or necessity," said Gov. Chris Christie, as quoted by the Associated Press. "We do not need people on the roadways. It makes it much more difficult to do our jobs."

New York, Boston and Philadelphia Airports

Don't expect to catch a flight out of or into these major Northeast cities until the blizzard subsides. New York may get as much as 18 inches, while Boston could get 10 inches. Wind gusts in Plymouth, Mass., will come in just short of hurricane-level force at 65 mph; Boston is expected to have gusts of 60 mph and New York is forecast for 50 mph.

Metro-North and LIRR

New York subway service will be limited, and Metro-North and LIRR trains will probably be shut down at 11 p.m. tonight. City schools will be closed on Tuesday.

Car

Non-emergency vehicles have been ordered to stay off New York streets after 11 p.m. today to make room for snowplows and salt spreaders. As the blizzard drops more than 2 feet of snow through the Northeast, roads and highways will likely be impossible to navigate.

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