Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Snow plows clear Union Boulevard in Islip on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Nassau and Suffolk counties late Tuesday as a strong coastal storm threatened to pound Long Island with even more snow.Cuomo’s declaration came about two hours before forecasters predicted the storm to hit a second and more intense phase starting at 7 p.m. and continuing until 4 a.m. Wednesday.“This winter storm will bring a one-two punch of snow and extreme cold. I urge all those in the affected regions to exercise caution, and avoid travel if possible,” Cuomo said. “State resources are deployed to clear snow and help those impacted by the storm, but above all it is important that New Yorkers remain safe both during and after the storm.”The National Weather Service had called for 10 to 14 inches of snow, but lowered its projections slightly to 8 to 12 inches in an updated statement at 4 p.m.The weather service published unofficial snowfall amounts just before 5 p.m. which showed many areas already measuring more than 4 inches of snow. Lindenhurst recorded the highest total with 6.3 inches, according to the agency.In response to the storm, Cuomo also activated the state’s emergency operations center so officials could monitor the storm’s progression as it rolled across LI. He also declared a state of emergency for seven other counties: Richmond, Queens, New York, Kings, Bronx, Westchester and Rockland.The state made available 239 plows, 27 front loaders and 428 operators to assist with snow removal efforts on the Island, and notified private contractors to be on alert in the event that additional resources are needed.Cuomo noted that the Long Island Rail Road, which was already experiencing system-wide delays due to the storm, will cancel trains Tuesday evening.The governor did not announce any major road closures.The “extreme cold” Cuomo mentioned is a product of an arctic air mass that with the combination of strong wind could send temperatures plunging to 10 degrees below zero during the evening, forecasters said.A winter storm warning remains in effect on LI until 6 a.m.
Jack Wilshere did not see a future at Arsenal without Arsene Wenger (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Jack Wilshere has recalled how he came to the decision to leave Arsenal after both Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery had told him he wasn’t in their first team plans.The England international burst onto the scene in 2010 and became a fixture in the Arsenal side, but injuries and a loss of form saw him gradually become less and less integral to Wenger’s plans at the Emirates.The midfielder spent the 2016-17 season on loan at Bournemouth and returned to Arsenal hoping to prove himself, which he did, working hard to regain fitness and playing 38 games in his first season back.AdvertisementAdvertisementA new contract was offered, but with Emery set to replace Wenger and the Spaniard being clear that Wilshere was not in his plans, he chose to move on.ADVERTISEMENT‘That was tough,’ Wilshere told BBC Radio 5 Live. ‘It was a strange year really because I came back from Bournemouth with a year left on my contract and I was injured as well, I broke my leg at Bournemouth at the end of the season so I wasn’t ready for the start of the season.‘I remember sat in the gym on a bike and Arsene came over. Arsene was brilliant, he was so honest with me, he was like, “look, Jack, you’ve got a year left, you’re in a strong position, but you’re not going to play here, if you find someone who will give you a long-term contract and find something that works out for you, you can go”.‘I looked around the team and thought to myself, “you know what, with a manager who knows what I can do, if I get myself really fit I’ve got a chance of playing here”.‘And I did that. I played a few Under-23 games, I got into the Europa League team, the Carling Cup team, then all of a sudden we weren’t doing that well in the Premier League and Arsene put me in and I think I played 34 games that year. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 May 2020 4:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link157Shares Advertisement Wilshere left Arsenal for West Ham in 2018 (Picture: Getty Images)‘Then they offered me a new deal. I think they offered me the new deal in March and I was out of contract in June.‘We finally got to a contract we agreed, it wasn’t entirely what I wanted, it was based more on performances and stuff like that but it is what it was and I had the decision to make.‘I remember I sat down with my family, with my wife and Arsene had just announced he was leaving, it just felt like it was the right time to move on. I’d done it before and it was a loan move to Bournemouth but I enjoyed it, I had a great time at Bournemouth.‘I knew there was life outside Arsenal. I just thought it was the right time to move on. Times were changing at Arsenal, things were changing. I spoke with the new manager [Unai Emery] as well and he was like, “you can stay but you’re not in my starting XI”.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I know I had that the year before but the difference was it was Arsene, he knew what I could do and he trusted me. I knew that if I got fit I could play. I didn’t really get that vibe off Emery.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It just felt it was the right time to leave, it was tough, I still look back and sometimes think, “‘should I, should I have not?”. But it is what it is, but now I’m at West Ham and I need to get fit and start playing games for them.’The injury problems that have plagued the 28-year-old throuhout his career have continued to do so since leaving for West Ham in the summer of 2018.He has made just 14 Premier League appearance since then and 16 in all competitions, scoring once.Once hailed as the future of the England team, Wilshere picked up 34 caps from 2010-16 but has not played for nearly four years.MORE: Mikel Arteta ready to sell three Arsenal centre-halves this summer, including Rob HoldingMORE: Jeremie Aliadiere tells Matteo Guendouzi to ‘grow up’ after bust-up at Arsenal’s winter training campFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Jack Wilshere reveals how Arsene Wenger told him he could leave Arsenal Comment