New York City grinds to a halt in advance of moderate snowfall

America's largest city is hunkering down and preparing for the worst hours before being hit with a snowfall that, by Montreal standards, really isn't all that bad.

New York City is expected to receive between 10 and 15 centimetres of snow tonight and tomorrow morning.  At a press conference earlier today, the city's Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito urged everyone to stay off the streets and "avoid all unneccessary travel."

At 7:00 this evening, every public school in the city of over 8 million announced they will close their doors tomorrow.  Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced that on-street parking will be banned overnight, as well.

After the snow falls, moderate winds are expected to make the temperature — expected to be significantly above freezing — feel like minus-2.  The windchill was described by the New York Post as an "unusual cold spell."