The Latest: Portions of NYC subway system to shut down

NEW YORK (AP) " The Latest on a strong winter storm expected in the Northeast (all times local):

5 p.m.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says above-ground services from New York City's main transit agency will stop running at 4 a.m. Tuesday because of the upcoming winter storm.

That means no service on the portion of the New York City subway system that runs above ground. Cuomo says service on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North commuter lines could also be "significantly impacted."

Cuomo is urging people to stay home " and off the roads " unless absolutely necessary. He says there are currently no plans to cut underground Metropolitan Transportation Authority service, though he added "given the severity of the storm, anything can happen."

A state of emergency in New York will begin Tuesday morning, immediately after midnight.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service is has expanded its blizzard warning. It now runs from the Philadelphia suburbs through New York City and Boston to Maine.

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2:35 p.m.

The U.S. House is telling lawmakers that votes are unlikely on Tuesday due to flight cancellations caused by an approaching winter storm.

In a notice from the House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, lawmakers were told that the first votes for the week are expected Wednesday night.

Most lawmakers head home to their districts on the weekend.

The Senate was in session on Monday afternoon, with a vote planned for the evening.

A nor'easter is poised to bring blizzard conditions and a blanket of heavy snow to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. New York City could get 20 inches, and the nation's capital about 6 inches.

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2:15 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has postponed her trip to Washington to visit with U.S. President Donald Trump due to a late-winter storm expected in the Northeast U.S.

Merkel had been scheduled to arrive late Monday night for meetings with Trump on Tuesday but called off the trip at the last minute due to the weather, her office said.

German media reported she was rescheduling the trip for Friday but her office would only say it would take place soon.

Washington, D.C., is expected to get about 6 inches of snow in the storm.

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12:45 p.m.

A big blast of winter weather is expected to blanket much of the Northeast in heavy snow just days before the official start of spring.

A blizzard warning has been issued for New York City and parts of northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut from Monday overnight through much of Tuesday, with wind gusts of up to 55 mph possible and low visibility.

New York City could get up to 18 inches of snow, with Boston seeing a similar amount and Philadelphia slated to get up to a foot. Up to 10 inches could fall in Washington, D.C.

The airline-tracking site FlightAware says more than 3,000 Tuesday flights are already canceled. Some school systems, including New York City, also aren't planning to open Tuesday.

Spring starts March 20.

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12:10 a.m.

A powerful nor'easter could bring blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow to some parts of the Northeast.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch from late Monday night through Tuesday evening for New York City and parts of northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut. Winter storm warnings and watches have been issued for the remainder of the Northeast.

Meteorologists say the storm could dump 12 to 18 inches of snow on New York City with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph.

Light snow is expected to begin late Monday night and intensify overnight. The heaviest snowfall is expected Tuesday morning through the afternoon.

Boston also could get 12 to 18 inches, while Philadelphia could see 6 to 12 and Washington 6 to 10.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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