New York may be the city that never sleeps. But you wouldn't know it early Tuesday morning.
The streets in this city of 8 million people were deserted, except for the snow plow trucks making their rounds. The first big storm of the year may drop up to 3 feet of snow on Boston and New York before it ends Tuesday, with freezing rain and strong wind. The National Weather Service, is using terms like "life-threatening" and "historic" to describe the weather system taking aim at the Northeast.
Already, New York's Central Park had reported 5.5 inches of snow. In Nantucket, Massachusetts, the wind was blowing at 62 mph. Large wind gusts can send tree limbs crashing down into power lines. That could leave people in some area without electricity for days. The worse, forecasters warn, is yet to come.
The next six hours -- until 7 a.m will bring the heaviest of snow, the strongest of wind gusts, and the lowest wind chill temperatures. Up to 58 million people could be put into the deep freeze. And the storm could have a far-reaching economic and political impact, even beyond the region directly hit.
The one silver lining is that residents have taken the warnings from officials and are staying indoors.
In New York, public transportation was shut down and only emergency vehicles allowed on the roads in 13 counties. Connecticut and Massachusetts also put travel bans in place.
In Philadelphia, Mayor Michael Nutter declared a snow emergency. Cars left parked on snow emergency routes will be towed and owners ticketed. He said." It's going to be the kind of night where the best thing anybody can do is stay inside."