With the National Weather Service describing this storm as a "crippling and potentially historic" blizzard, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Monday. Forecast projections for New York City and areas surrounding it predict that up to 20 to 30 inches of snow could hit the area over the next two days.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also declared a state of emergency for New Jersey. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news conference Monday afternoon that all non-emergency vehicles are ordered off the streets of New York at 11 p.m. and that city schools are closed for Tuesday.
"I think it is necessary given that we are talking about one of the potentially, really very biggest snowstorms in the history of the city that we have to take every conceivable measure to protect people," de Blasio said of closing the streets for non-emergency vehicles after 11 p.m.
The Knicks also play a game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday against Oklahoma City, which would have had to fly in on Tuesday for the game.
The Nets play at Atlanta on Wednesday and hope to travel to Philadelphia on Monday night by bus with plans to fly out of Philadelphia on Tuesday for Atlanta.
Other sporting events were also affected by the impending storm.
• The Providence-DePaul men's college basketball game has been tentatively moved from Tuesday to Thursday. If the Blue Demons are unable to fly into Rhode Island on Wednesday, the game will be played at a later date.
• The 76ers, who normally would have flown back to Philadelphia immediately after their road game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, were unable to travel and spent an extra night in the Big Easy.