27 Jan 2015: A mighty storm marched resolutely across the deserted streets of the Northeast early Tuesday, showing mercy on New York City and Philadelphia but relentlessly pounding Boston and many coastal areas with heavy snow, high winds and whiteout conditions.
More than 50 million people were hunkered down in the angry storm’s path. More than 7,000 flights were canceled, road travel was banned in several states and schools were closed for millions of kids.
The storm was forecast to continue roaring through much of the region through Tuesday, although forecasters were downgrading the storm’s potential impact in some areas.
Philadelphia, which on Monday morning appeared to be vulnerable to huge snow totals, had about an inch early Tuesday. A blizzard warning was canceled for New York City and New Jersey.
There was plenty of storm left to go. Some areas south and west of Boston could see three feet of snow by early Wednesday.
Near hurricane-force winds were causing white-out conditions and coastal flooding in some areas, along with bone chilling temperatures and icy roads.
Nearly 8,000 flights from coast-to-coast were had already been canceled until Thursday by the blizzard, dubbed Winter Storm Juno by The Weather Channel and Blizzard ’15 by several media outlets. Boston’s Logan International Airport did not expect flights to resume until late Wednesday.
Amtrak service was suspended between New York and Boston for Tuesday, while other regional routes were to operate on reduced schedules. Coastal residents braced for flooding from hurricane-force winds. Strong winds had ConEd and other utility companies bracing for widespread power outages, with emergency repairs crews from Michigan and other areas already en route.
In New York City – the city that never sleeps – buses, trains, road traffic – even bicycles – were banned by late Monday evening. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh ordered drivers to stay home and issued parking bans.