YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- As an historic Nor'easter bears down on the region, Yorktown Town Supervisor Michael Grace has declared a state of emergency and ordered that all non-essential travel be prohibited.
According to a statement from the Yorktown Police Department, the order is in effect through midnight Tuesday.
"The decision to declare a state of emergency was in consultation with the chief of police and highway superintendent," the statement says. "The declaration is consistent with the state of emergency declared by Gov. Andrew Cuomo ."
Cuomo's order extends across all of New York's 62 counties and comes as the region prepares for what is expected to be a serious blizzard .
As part of the town supervisor's order, all travel beyond emergency vehicles, town highway vehicles and town utility vehicles is restricted, according to police, who said that those who opt to travel despite the ban may be subject to a summons.
"This state of emergency will allow emergency personnel to perform the essential functions necessary to clear the roadways, better aid persons in need of emergency critical care, and prevent injury due to any downed power lines," said Police Chief Robert Noble in the statement.