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The New York and New Jersey travel bans have been lifted, schools are expected to resume on tomorrow Wednesday and the NYC subway system restarted after being closed for 10 hours, although officials still urge people to stay off snow-covered streets.
The amount of snowfall in New York did not break historical levels, although it wasn’t as distant as the snowfall in New Jersey and Philadelphia, which was so far from hitting historical numbers that meteorologists took to Twitter to apologize for the major discrepancy. Still people had a good time in the snow and got creative with it.
However, New England is buried in snow and Boston can still possibly set a new snowfall record, as 18 inches of snow has already covered the ground by midday, according to Reuters.
Some of the heaviest snowfall was recorded in parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, with about 20 inches reported around Worchester. But still, some were hoped for more snow. Brendan Sullivan, a 31-year-old student in Arlington, Massachusetts, said, “I’m a little disappointed it’s not crazier. I wouldn’t mind if it got worse. It would be exciting.” During the storm, people snowboarded, skied, and sledded through the streets to both get to work and just have some fun.
A major blizzard is blasting the areas of New York City, Boston, and Portland, Maine from Monday night through Tuesday. New York City and Boston are being hit Monday night, then from Portland to Bangor, Maine, to Saint John, Canada will be hit on Tuesday.
“This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference Sunday.
De Blasio held up a piece of paper showing the city’s top 10 snowstorms and said this one could land at the top of a list that goes back to 1872.
The storm, which has already started, is so intense that people in NYC can’t even leave their apartments and many people were told to leave work early. NY Times explains that workers poured out of office buildings and crowded onto subway platforms, packed train stations and squeezed onto buses, eager to beat the storm.
NYC citizens crowded grocery store aisles and home-goods stores to stock up on supplies, and Mayor de Blasio ordered all non-emergency vehicles off the streets by 11 p.m. on Monday, a ban that he said covered “anything that has to do with leisure or convenience,” which includes the standstill of takeout food delivery until the worst is over. The subway and bus services have been suspended as well.
The huge winter storm is halting travel and causing lengthy power outages, making it dangerous for anyone to venture out into the storm.
Accuweather lists several warnings for those living in the storm-affected area: Motorists run the risk of becoming stranded, airports are closing and flights are cancelled, and snow drifts as high as 10 feet may cause roofs to collapse. Snow is expected to total 2 feet from southern New Hampshire to central Long Island, wind gusts can possibly cause hurricanes on Cape Cod early Tuesday morning, and there may be coastal flooding in New Jersey.
Travel will become impossible during the height of the storm.
Power outages, snow-packed roads, and school closures may last for days after the storm has passed.
The National Weather Service called the northeast winter storm “potentially historic.”
Boston is expected to get 18 to 24 inches of snow, and Philadelphia could see 14 to 18 inches, the weather service said Sunday.
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) January 25, 2015