Get those shovels ready, New York. According to the National Weather Service, NYC is about to get clobbered with the first major snowstorm of 2015 and from the looks of it, it’s going to be a big one. Mayor Bill de Blasio described the upcoming storm, which is expected to start on Monday, as what could be “one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city.”



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According to the forecast, a Nor’easter will hit the city’s five boroughs starting on Monday, bringing with it up to three feet of snow and major gusts of wind up to 65 miles per hour. The snowstorm is most likely to intensify over Monday evening, greatly reducing visibility on the roads through the night. Heavy snowfall and strong winds are expected to last until Tuesday evening.

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“Prepare for something worse than we have seen before,” de Blasio said in a press conference Sunday afternoon. “Try with everything you have to avoid being in the middle of this storm.”

City officials are calling on commuters to leave work early on Monday, before the storm hits during rush hour. Even Governor Cuomo is advising some to stay home on Monday to avoid a potentially hazardous situations and has stated that some major roads and public transit networks, including the MTA, LIRR, PATH and Metro North may be closed early out of precaution.

A Snow Alert has been issued by the city’s Sanitation Department beginning on Monday at midnight, which will see over 2,000 plows and salt spreaders mobilized throughout the city.

Schools will be open on Monday, but all after school activities will be canceled. According to the mayor, schools are likely to be closed on Tuesday.

Via DNA Info