There are travel bans in place in New Jersey, New York City and Boston as a potentially historic massive snowstorm bears down on the Northeast. Winter storms of this caliber only come along every few years and forecasters are saying that the big storm could bring the most snow ever recorded in parts of the Northeast as several feet may come down. There were thousands of school closings and flight cancellations taking place ahead of the storm Monday as heavy snow along with hurricane-force winds were expected. It is very rare for New York City and Boston to ban all forms of travel due to weather but that’s exactly what those two cities did.
Tens of millions of people from Philadelphia to Boston scrambled to get home Monday as the colossal storm was bearing down on them. Most forecasters agree that this super winter storm with strong whipping winds and heavy snowfall could paralyze the Northeast for several days. Snow was already falling in New York City and Boston Monday early evening. Forecasters warned that the storm would grow into a powerful blizzard wherein the worst of it would hit late Monday and into Tuesday morning.
Over 7000 flights in and out of the Northeast were canceled with many of them not scheduled to lift again until mid-week. Schools, businesses and government offices closed down early Monday to allow people to get home safely before the worst of the storm struck. People were crowding supermarkets throughout the region Monday afternoon to stock up on necessities.
States of emergencies were declared in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York ahead of the big storm. NYC major Bill de Blasio warned city residents that this storm may be one of the largest blizzards in the history of the city. He said people need to take the storm warnings seriously. The mayor told New Yorkers to go home and stay there and said people need to make smart decisions during this storm. The National Weather Service put a blizzard warning into effect for a 250 mile swath of the region and said winds could gust up to 70 miles per hour or more and that New York could get 2 feet of snow and Boston up to 3 feet.
By 11pm Monday, the subways and buses in New York City were shut down. Commuter trains across the Northeast also were being scheduled to stop running overnight and most flights coming and going were grounded. Forecasters are warning of possible power outages due to the storm as well as damaging flooding and beach erosion which is very possible in New Jersey and on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Additional utility crews were put on standby across the region to handle anticipated power outages.