The East Coast of the United States ground to an abrupt halt late Monday in anticipation of one of the worst winter storms the region had ever seen. But by early Tuesday forecasters had downgraded snowfall predictions as the storm, nicknamed “Juno,” failed to live up to expectations.
Parts of Massachusetts received the largest snowfall with up to 18 inches reported in Barnstable and Worcester counties by Tuesday morning, according to the Washington Post. Parts of Connecticut and New Hampshire received around a foot of snow, with Hartford County in Connecticut reporting 13.8 inches and Rockingham County in New Hampshire reporting 12.6 inches. Early snowfall totals in Boston reached 8 inches, while Philadelphia saw only 2 inches of snow.
A blizzard warning was downgraded to a winter storm alert in nearly every New York county as the state escaped the worst of the storm, with only 7.5 inches reported in New York City’s Central Park, reported NBC. The National Weather Service said it was expecting only another 2-4 inches of snow in the city on Tuesday. However, Islip, New York, on the eastern end of Long Island, was buried under almost 17 inches of snow by 5 a.m.
Weather forecasters had predicted a shift in the focus of the storm. "New York City may end up with 10-12 inches — which is still a lot — but the worst of it will be from central Long Island and Rhode Island up through to coastal Maine, where we could still expect 12-24 inches and maybe up to 30 inches where the storm lingers,” said the Weather Channel’s lead forecaster, Kevin Roth, according to NBC.
In New Jersey, blizzard warnings were lifted for the entire state by early Tuesday as the National Weather Service revised its predictions, calling for a maximum of 6-10 inches of snow in northeastern New Jersey and far less for the rest of the state, according to NJ.com.