Cuomo: LIE to Close at Midnight
Governor declares statewide emergency as winter storm Hercules nears.
"Statewide state of emergency declared --> stay off the roads if you can #blizzard #StormWatch #NYS," Cuomo posted on his Twitter account.
The governor also plans to close portions of the New York Thruway and I-84 ahead of a harsh blizzard that is set to hit the Northeast.
Heavy snow is expected to hit long Island by 6 p.m.