STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The snow storm is creating major disruptions to travel on Monday morning.
A crash has been reported on the Staten Island Expressway Brooklyn-bound near Clove Road, according to emergency radio communications.
Traffic is moving slowly along the expressway eastbound between Clove Road and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, according to Google Maps.
A number of MTA express and local buses are not operating on Monday and Tuesday due to the storm. Suspended routes include the SIM3, SIM4X, SIM8X, S81, S84, S86, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96, and S98.
The S66 buses will not make stops between Clove Road and Niagara Street and Victory Boulevard and Highland Avenue. Buses will remain on Victory Boulevard, according to the MTA.
The Staten Island Ferry is operating on a modified schedule with ferryboats leaving about every 20 minutes, according to the city Department of Transportation.
All empty tractor trailers and tandem trailers are prohibited from the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge due to high winds from Monday at 6 a.m. through Tuesday at 6 a.m.
Traffic on the Outerbridge Crossing to Staten Island was delayed due to a disabled vehicle, but all lanes have been cleared.
On Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a state of emergency for the storm including restrictions on non-essential travel beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Monday. The mayor’s Winter Weather Emergency Declaration restricts travel in all cases except emergencies, and warns New Yorkers to refrain from travel as the storm’s intensity worsens Monday.
“As this winter storm continues, a state of emergency and local travel restrictions have been put into effect,” according to a post by NYPD News on social media. “All non-essential travel is restricted. New Yorkers are being encouraged to stay off the roads and stay home for their safety and well-being.”
Forecasts call for 16-22 inches of snow and near-blizzard conditions across New York City, according to the mayor’s office. Estimates from New York City Emergency Management call for up to two to four inches of snowfall per hour after 10 a.m. on Monday with sustained winds of 20-30 mph and gusts up to 40-50 mph.