New York Daily News: By Muri Assunção A winter mess is home for Christmas, NYC.

massive winter storm has arrived in the New York City region just ahead of the holiday weekend, bringing floods, flight cancelations, road closures, as well as a special weather statement for the area issued by the National Weather Service.

Several cars were stuck in flood waters after Hungry Harbor Road flooded out from 148th Road southward in Queens on Friday.
Several cars were stuck in flood waters after Hungry Harbor Road flooded out from 148th Road southward in Queens on Friday – Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News

“Widespread moderate to locally major coastal flooding is ongoing,” the NWS said in a statement early Friday morning.

“Areas on the south side of Long Island are nearing their peak levels, whereas areas on the Long Island Sound will rise for the next few hours as we approach high tide in those areas,” NWS forecasters added.

Several streets in areas of Queens — from the Rockaways to Howard Beach — have been inundated by flood waters.

A man hangs onto a fence and uses a ledge to get past flood waters in the Old Howard Beach section of Queens on Friday.

A man hangs onto a fence and uses a ledge to get past flood waters in the Old Howard Beach section of Queens on Friday – Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News

Images and videos shared on social media show cars in coastal communities surrounded by the waters from the powerful winter storm.

The New York Police Department issued an advisory asking residents to be cautious when driving in the city.

“There are areas throughout the boroughs that are flooding, so be aware and give yourself enough time to get to your destination,” the NYPD said.

Coastal flooding is seen on the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn on Friday.
Coastal flooding is seen on the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn on Friday. (Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News)

Henry Hudson Parkway was closed in both directions at 232nd Street in the Bronx. Service on Staten Island Ferry was suspended for about an hour.

Those in zip codes 11224, 11235, 11414, 11691, 11692, 11693, 11694, and 11697 were asked to “avoid travel unless necessary.”

“Remain inside & avoid coming in contact with flood waters,” the NYPD tweeted.

In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy ordered all state offices to remain closed.

As of Friday morning, the rapidly-intensifying storm — which prompted Gov. Kathy Hochul to issue a state of emergency Thursday night — had canceled 190 flights at LaGuardia Airport, 54 at JFK, and 43 at Newark Liberty International.

Energy provider ConEdison said late on Thursday that “more than 700 outside workers [had] been scheduled to address power outages that may arise in New York City and Westchester County.”

Flooding in the Old Howard Beach section of Queens on Friday.
Flooding in the Old Howard Beach section of Queens on Friday – Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News

Nearly 85,000 customers across the state had reported power outages as of 10 a.m. Friday, according to poweroutage.us.

This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.