A heavy snow system coming from the midwest is going to wallop the eastern coast of the United States on Sunday evening, Jan. 25, 2015 and will last through Wednesday morning, Jan. 28, 2015, hitting New England and New York the most. Forecasts predict nearly three feet of snow in New England and 20 to 30 inches in New York City, freezing rain, cold temperatures, and heavy winds with gusts up to 55 to 65 mph nearly "hurricane levels." The Weather Channel has already named the upcoming historic blizzard, "Winter Storm Juno."
The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches and adversaries and blizzard warnings, stating, "Heavy snow and strong wind, even blizzard conditions, are possible in parts of the northern mid-Atlantic and New England." The warnings are starts on 1 p.m. Monday though Tuesday, with most of the snow waning off by Wednesday morning. The brunt of the storm will hit Monday evening into midday Tuesday.
As the storm makes its way across the country, it will increasingly drop more snow, until it leaves New England suffering through blizzard like condition Monday into Tuesday. Some the snowfall predictions include; Ohio Valley two to six inches; northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania four to eight inches; New Jersey and Easter Massachusetts 6 and 12 inches, New York City 20 inches, while Boston and the coast area could see nearly two feet of snow.
Even worse than the snow accumulations, are the high winds that coming with the storm, and could cause white outs and power outages. People in the affected areas have been preparing for the storm stocking up on food, water and supplies including snow shovels, and even sleds for the kids who will most enjoy the storm. The rush hours on Monday evening and Tuesday morning will be the worst; however, Tuesday could bring many cancellations. Air travel will be the most affected with disruptions expected at "New York JFK, New York LaGuardia, Newark Liberty, Philadelphia, Boston" and New England airports. In anticipation, airlines including "American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and US Airways" are giving waivers, permitting customers to reschedules without any fees or charges.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had a press conference about the storm on Sunday warning, "This could be a storm the likes of which we've never seen before. This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city. My message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before." Continuing de Blasio asked New Yorkers, "Whatever normal precautions you take in advance of a storm, take even more." Most importantly, he told his city "Stay safe." In Massachusetts the coming blizzard is being called "historic and destructive."
This far worse and debilitating storm comes on the heels of another that just hit the Northeast on Saturday, Jan. 24. Major cities of "Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington" had sleet, rain and snow, but outlying locations in "Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut" experienced a foot of snow, now the area is bracing for the more debilitating and damaging winter blizzard Juno.
Bonnie K. Goodman is the Editor of the Academic Buzz Network, a series of political, academic & education blogs which includes History Musings: History, News & Politics. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies, both from McGill University, and has done graduate work in Jewish history at Concordia University as part of the MA in Judaic Studies program. She covers US, Canadian, Israeli and international news, anything from crime to human interest stories and everything in between.