Travel bans lifted in NY and New Jersey as tri-state emerges from blanket of snow

Posted at 7:39 AM, Jan 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-27 12:55:31-05

NEW YORK (PIX11) -- The tri-state started to come back to life Tuesday as governors lifted travel bans demanded by a dangerous winter storm that dumped more nearly 2 feet of snow on some areas.

Travel bans in New York City, the Hudson Valley, and Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester and Nassau counties were lifted as of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Suffolk County's travel ban has also been lifted, though residents are urged to stay indoors as that area has felt the brunt of the storm and will continue to be pelted by snowfall until at least midday Tuesday.

Within seconds of the announcement, PIX11's cameras spotted cars driving down a snowy Second Avenue near East 42nd Street.

Interstate 84 and the New York State Thruway have also reopened, the governor said.

New Jersey's statewide travel ban also was lifted as of 7:30 a.m., Gov. Chris Christie said.

"I am asking everyone in NJ who doesn't have to drive this morning please don't," Christie said in a tweet. "And those that do, please drive slow."

At a morning news conference, Cuomo reiterated that plea, saying all non-essential travel should be avoided and warning residents that beneath the snow is a dangerous layer of ice.

New York City subways will resume service starting at 9 a.m. and by noon are expected to be running on a Sunday schedule, the governor said.

Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road are expected to gradually start running again Tuesday.

Connecticut lifted its travel ban at 2 p.m., Gov. Dannel Malloy said.