Winter storm slams eastern US; New York, other states declare emergencies

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 29: A worker uses a snow blower to clear snow as the wind carries it on January 29, 2022 in New York City. A powerful nor’easter brought blinding blizzard conditions with high winds causing widespread power outages to much of the Mid-Atlantic and New England coast. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

New York: Winter storm Kenan is bringing heavy snow and wind gusts to New York City and surrounding areas.

New York City is expected to receive 8 to 12 inches of total snowfall from Friday evening to early Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported, citing a forecast issued by the National Weather Service.

Suffolk and Nassau counties are being hit hardest with 7 to 11 inches of snowfall as of Saturday morning and another 5 to 12 inches expected, said New York Governor Kathy Hochul at a press briefing near noon on Saturday.

New York City recorded 4 inches of snowfall so far with another 4-7 inches expected before 3 p.m. on Saturday, said Hochul.

Earlier, Hochul declared a state of emergency effective on Friday evening due to heavy snowfall expected downstate.

Snowfall at John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and the Central Park all exceeded 5 inches in the last 12 hours, said a tweet from the National Weather Service at 9 a.m. on Saturday.