Winter Storm Juno: Blizzard Shuts Down Boston And New York City

Winter Storm Juno is expected to pose danger on Boston and New York City, especially on Tuesday. It will be especially a huge risk to those who venture outside. Juno won’t be one of the worst blizzards to hit the New York metro area, but it’s still significant in impact, according to PIX11 meteorologist Linda Church.

Juno will still make an impact on Tuesday morning and will weaken by noontime. Snowfall is expected to taper off in the boroughs by 9 a.m., with a slowdown expected by midday. A blizzard warning for Juno went into effect at 1 p.m. Monday and was expected to end 5:30 a.m. Tuesday for New York City.

Meanwhile in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker held a 7 a.m. press conference on Winter Storm Juno on Tuesday morning saying “So far, so good.” The National Weather Service’s prediction of 2 to 3 feet didn’t happen as predicted, and probably won’t happen. Baker also said that Monday was “a relatively incident-free night.”

Power outages are also below predictions in the state. National Grid predicted that 400,000 customers would lose service, but according to the press conference, fewer than 7,100 customers were affected, according to the utility’s outage map. Lower temperatures made the snowfall lighter and fluffier, which is less likely to weigh on the overhead power lines.

Juno is not causing a significant threat to the Northeast, not like meteorologists predicted. Matthew Beaton, secretary of energy and environment affairs, had some advice for residents on how to deal with Juno for the remainder of Tuesday.

“No. None… No safety issue whatsoever. People should spend the morning cleaning out, digging out. Eventually the snow is going to stop and things will get back to normal.”

Winter Storm Juno is not entirely done yet. High winds and snow in some parts of Massachusetts will continue throughout the day and into the evening hours. Public safety is still a high priority, and the state-wide non-essential travel ban remains in effect for Massachusetts. But that hasn’t stopped some drivers from getting onto the roads.

Baker also advised that it’s not a sound idea to drive a plow during winter storm Juno.

“There are people getting out of their vehicles on interstates to clean off their windshields. Not a good idea. For the most part, the travel ban is working as anticipated and expected.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also held a press conference about Winter Storm Juno and the travel ban at 8 a.m. Cuomo announced that he’s lifting the ban on all roads, tunnel and bridges that was enforced at 11 p.m. on Monday night. Subways will resume service at 9 a.m., but will run on a Sunday schedule. All service is expected to resume on a weekday schedule by Wednesday morning.

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