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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- As a crippling blizzard slammed into the tri-state area Monday, public transit came to a halt and drivers are being told to stay off the roads through the night.

Dubbed Juno, this winter storm is expected to blanket the tri-state with 12 to 24 inches of snow by the time it tapers off Tuesday evening.

A travel ban for all non-emergency vehicles for New York City went into effect Monday at 11 p.m. It is not known when the ban will be lifted.

"We can help by getting out of the way" of plows and emergency vehicles, de Blasio said, urging New Yorkers to stay home while the snow piles up.

The consequences for violating the travel ban could range “from summons to arrest.”

The impending blizzard condition halted all public transit, including MTA service which stopped entirely, with subways, buses, commuter trains shut down, and roads in 13 counties (including New York City) closed to non-emergency vehicles, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Fines of $300 will be imposed on motorists who violate the ban. New Jersey Transit will likely remain shuttered until Thursday. PATH service was suspended at 11 p.m.

Amtrak has suspended service between New York and Boston on the Northeast Regional and Acela Express on Tuesday. From New York to Washington, the Acela Express and Northeast Regional will operate on reduced frequencies. The Staten Island Ferry also suspend service at 11 p.m.