Blizzards can be bitter cold and make travel a nightmare, but for those who are lucky enough to watch from a cozy place with a blanket and a warm cup of coffee, they can also be a beautiful sight.
Well before this first extreme storm of 2015 hit the Northeast, it had earned a blizzard warning from the National Weather Service. Some 29 million people could be affected by the storm’s wrath. From the New Jersey shore to Down East Maine, including New York City; Boston; Providence, R.I.; Hartford, Conn.; and Portland, Maine, all areas will see massive amounts of snow, The Weather Channel predicted. The question is: How much? Various reports put the expected snowfall at 2 to 3 feet!
Click here for some blizzard preparations. Popular storm items like milk and bread have already flown off the shelves in places like New York and Philadelphia where the snow already has started.
And there’s no good news for travelers who were looking to fly home before the storm hit. More than 5,000 flights have been canceled, the Associated Press reported Monday. By 7 p.m. EST, there will not be any planes leaving Logan Airport in Boston.
"This will be the strongest storm of the year," NWS meteorologist Brian Hurley said, according to the AP. "This nor'easter is going to produce a wide swath of snowfall."
With a colossal storm underway, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio advised residents to check on elderly neighbors. "This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city,” he told a press conference. "My message for New Yorkers is: Prepare for something worse than we have ever seen."
"This is going to be a big one, historic," Weather Channel coordinating meteorologist Tom Moore said, according to NBC News. "There could be paralyzing, crippling blizzard conditions. They're going to be talking about this one for a while."
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