New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a travel ban in the downstate area. Certain MTA and Subway trains will be shut down later today.  Snow is pounding the New York City area.  Governor Cuomo says there is a travel ban starting at 2:30pm ET on the Long Island Expressway, Northern State Parkway and New York City roads.  Cuomo has also requested Port Authority to close down bridges and tunnels going into New York City.  Earlier today, Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York as snow fell and strong winds hit the New York City area. 

Metro North and Long Island Rail Road trains are starting to shutdown with the last inbound and outbound trains running around 4pm ET this afternoon.  The MTA is suspending above ground subway service as of 4pm ET.  

All Broadway matinee and evening performances scheduled for Saturday will be cancelled.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says this snowstorm will likely be one of the top five biggest snowstorms in New York City history.  At a briefing this morning, he says forecasters are predicting the city could get up to 25 inches of snow and worst case scenario 30 inches by tonight.  The mayor says nearly 12 inches of snow fell in Central Park by 10 o'clock this morning. 

Airlines have cancelled about 7,500 flights because of the storm.  Over 80 million Americans are affected by the storm, which is expected to cause over a billion dollars in damage.

Washington, DC could see up to three feet of snow today.  At least six people have died from hazardous road conditions created by the storm in Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina.  

The big storm is affecting people as far south as Georgia.  Weather forecasters say some spots in the Northeast Georgia mountains appear to have gotten nearly a foot of snow as the tail end of a major winter storm moved through. 

The National Weather Service says a band of snow even moved across parts of middle Georgia.  Wind gusts of up to 40 miles an hour are expected to continue in Georgia, and could bring down trees and power lines.   

Photo: Getty Images