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Monday, January 26, 2015

Winter Storm Juno: Blizzard Warning in NYC


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Millions of people in New York East Coast are bracing for Winter Storm Juno, which will become a major snowstorm today through Wednesday with the potential for blizzard conditions and expecting 2-3 feet of snow.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference Sunday, "This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of NYC. Prepare for the worst than what you have ever seen.” The National Weather Service (NWS) and Weather Channel meteorologist Chris Dolce have both said the impending storm is “potentially historic." States of emergency have been declared in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. All NYC Subway, Metro North, Long Island Railroad, and MTA Bus service will be suspended effective 11:00 PM. All non-emergency vehicles are banned from New York City streets starting at 11pm ET Monday. Most major bridges in and out of New York City will be closed beginning at 11 p.m. ET. As of this update, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge is not among the bridges to be closed. New York City public schools, Postal offices and other Federal/Local offices are closed Tuesday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the Sanitation Department had scheduled 12-hour shifts, with 2,400 employees on each shift, working from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Nearly 500 salt spreaders will go out before the snow. After two inches of snow have fallen, the city will deploy plows to clear about 6,000 miles of road (that's the distance from New York to Los Angeles back and fort) The sanitation commissioner, Kathryn Garcia, said that 2,000 plows from her agency would be available, along with 242 from other agencies. In other preparations, nearly 500 Department of Transportation workers began treating bridges and overpasses, and emergency crews filled more than 1,000 potholes. And the city’s Office of Emergency Management was coordinating with dozens of local, state and federal agencies.

From New York City to Boston, the heaviest snow and wind will occur from Monday 10pm to Tuesday afternoon with 2"-4" of snow per hour rate.  A 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, home to more than 28 million people, is under a blizzard warning, and another 12 million people are under a winter storm warning. Airlines have cancelled more than 7,000 flights for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Juno was named by the winter storm naming committee at The Weather Channel on Sunday morning. The name Juno is from Roman mythology, a goddess who looked after the women of Rome.gy, a goddess who looked after the women of Rome.

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