01/26/2015 03:09 EST | Updated 03/28/2015 05:59 EDT

NBA postpones Knicks, Nets games due to snowstorm

New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets players won’t be shooting hoops Monday night but probably shovelling snow instead after the NBA cancelled a pair of games involving the teams due to an expected heavy storm.

The storm, expected to dump 45 to 60 centimetres of snow in New York City, has already resulted in 6,000 cancelled flights and could quickly make up for what has been a largely snow-free winter in the urban Northeast.

The Knicks were to play host to the Sacramento Kings at the same time the Nets and visiting Portland were facing off in Brooklyn.

Sacramento will now return to Madison Square Garden in New York for a March 3 game, adding a contest to an already scheduled six-game road trip. The Nets-Trail Blazers game has been rescheduled for April 6.

At a news conference Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for several counties throughout the state — Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster and Worchester.

Cuomo added state officials are discussing a travel ban on all main roads after 11 p.m. ET Monday, but a decision wouldn’t be made until later in the afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service, the nor’easter would bring heavy snow powerful winds and widespread coastal flooding starting Monday and through Tuesday.

A blizzard warning was issued for a 400-kilometre stretch of the Northeast, including New York and Boston.