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.

Juno IBTimes' deputy technology editor captured a photo of early-rush-hour traffic at a halt on Second Avenue in Manhattan's Kips Bay neighborhood. Photo: International Business Times/Paul McDougall

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!

storm4 Pedestrians walk along a Manhattan street, Jan. 26, 2015. Photo: Getty Images/Spencer Platt

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.

Bread Scientists claim that climate change could result in smaller loaves of bread in the year 2050. Photo: Reuters

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.

462292328 A woman walks along a Manhattan street in heavy snow on Jan. 26, 2015, in New York City. Much of the Northeast is bracing for a major winter storm that is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10-30 inches of snow. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced only emergency vehicles will be allowed on area roads after 11 p.m. EST. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

"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."

Winter Storm Juno Snow already covered the ground in Coram, New York. Photo: Michele Falcone

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."

Juno Snow began to fall in New York City. Photo: Reuters

"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."

Winter Storm Juno Winter Storm Juno has the potential to be "historic." Photo: Michele Falcone

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