New Yorkers are being encouraged to stay indoors due to extreme cold weather expected across the state over the next couple of days.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo urged New Yorkers to 'refrain from going outside over the next couple of days unless absolutely necessary' in a statement Sunday.
Extremely cold air has blown across New York state with wind chills as low as -40 degrees forecast in the Northeast.
Ben Jennings snowblows his driveway on Sunday in Glenville, New York, where 16 inches of snow fell from Saturday evening through noon Sunday
James Spanos pushes a cart of his belongings on a snow-covered street in Portland, Maine, during a winter storm
A worker uses a bobcat to clear snow from a sidewalk alongside Nantasket Beach in Massachusetts during a winter storm that brought snow, sleet and rain to the area
The arctic blast is said to be of particular concern for those living in the Lower Hudson Valley area, where the rapidly dropping temperatures are expected to result in flash freezing on roads.
The winter storm has already produced 10 to 15 inches of snow in Upstate New York, while some areas in the Adirondacks have had 20 inches of snow accumulation.
Strong winds are expected to blow the snow around, hindering visibility and covering roadways.
Cuomo issued the 'stay indoors' message on Sunday and his office noted that the arctic blast and rapidly dropping temperatures could result in dangerous flash freezing on roads
Governor Andrew Cuomo encouraged New Yorkers to stay indoors as extreme cold weather is expected to blast across the state