LIRR shutting down service because of storm; major roadways could close

Transportation officials asked commuters to stay off the rails and roads until Tuesday, at the earliest, as the snowstorm was making traveling conditions difficult and dangerous.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Patrick Foye said the Long Island Rail Road will operate its last trains to and from Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Cuomo warned that the intensifying storm also could lead to the closures of the Long Island Expressway and Northern State parkways.

LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports also suspended operations, according to Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who said JFK was dealing with a weather-related electrical issue.

Nassau police had recorded 50 crashes by 1 p.m., including a truck towing a five-car carrier that jackknifed on the Long Island Expressway around the Syosset-Jericho area, closing four westbound lanes.

Snow-fighting equipment is continuously running throughout the system," said Eng, who mentioned snowblowers and glycol trains, which coat the third rail with antifreeze, as among the tools being used on the railroad.

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