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United States of America PhOtOs-'Historic' Storm Prepares to Slam N.E.USA

CNN)—Someday you may tell your grandchildren about the Blizzard of 2015.

The National Weather Service, which isn't prone to exaggeration, is using terms like "life-threatening" and "historic" to describe the weather system taking aim at the Northeast -- with the worst to expected hit Monday night into Tuesday.

The first big storm of the year may drop up to 3 feet of snow on Boston and New York before it ends Tuesday, with freezing rain and strong wind gusts possibly reaching 55 to 65 mph. Blizzard and winter storm warnings have been issued from Maryland through Maine and into Canada. Up to 58 million people could be put into the deep freeze.

"I want everyone to understand that we are facing -- most likely -- one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

That's saying something. The city's biggest snowstorm was in 2006, when 26.9 inches of snow fell. That's second to the 25.8-inch snowfall in December 1947.
While the worst of the weather isn't expected to hit until late Monday into Tuesday, according to CNN forecasters, more than 2,100 flights already have been canceled for Monday and more than 1,900 for Tuesday, Flightaware.com reported.

The major U.S. airlines are offering fee-free rebooking of flights to and from the Northeast on Monday and Tuesday. United Airlines has already canceled all Tuesday flights at Newark, LaGuardia and JFK, as well as Boston and Philadelphia, company spokeswoman Mary Ryan said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged commuters to work from home Monday, if possible, because roads will be treacherous. Main thoroughfares, including I-84 and the Long Island Expressway, may be closed during the evening commute, and public transportation may be shut down.

Amtrak plans to operate a normal Monday schedule but may re-evaluate later in the day.

Residents heeded the warnings and descended on stores like the King Kullen grocery in Valley Stream, Long Island, according to CNN affiliate WCBS. Some shoppers wondered if they were really prepared.

"I just got a call from my children's school that it was going to be canceled for Tuesday as well, so now I'm thinking it's bigger than I thought it was going to be," Patti Peretti said.

Hunker down for the long haul

The storm will come in waves, with the New York, Boston and Philadelphia areas seeing light snow Monday morning and heavier snow in the afternoon, CNN meteorologists say.

The really heavy snow will begin Monday night and continue through Tuesday. Some areas will still be getting snow Wednesday.

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said his force was well-prepared with a fleet of vehicles equipped with tire chains and more large SUVs capable of traversing snowy streets.

"We're prepared and we will have extra resources, if necessary," he said.

New York City Public Schools will be open Monday, but all after-school activities and field trips have been canceled, according to the city government website. Schools will probably be closed Tuesday, the website said.

"My message to all New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have seen before," de Blasio said. "Don't underestimate this storm."

Some New York groups are already looking out for the most vulnerable residents.

Dorot, a nonprofit in New York, collected 475 bags of food and water supplies for homebound seniors, WCBS reported.

"I think I'll use some of this, especially the soup," said Norma Amigo, 93, of the Upper West Side. "I will not go out if I think it's slippery out, because I fell two weeks ago."

Cuomo directed all state agencies to prepare. New York has at least 1,806 plows and more than 126,000 tons of salt to spray onto roads across the region. The National Guard will also have six dozen personnel and 20 vehicles stationed throughout the state Monday morning.

Decisions about Boston public school cancellations will be made Monday, the school system said on its Twitter page.

"Our city has been through blizzards before and I am confident we are prepared," Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement on the city website. The city has 700 pieces of snow-moving equipment and 35,000 tons of salt ready, he said.

Boston football fans will gather at 11 a.m. Monday at City Hall for a celebratory Super Bowl sendoff for the New England Patriots. Luckily, that should happen before the heavy snow hits.

Walsh said there was no doubt the city would be slammed, so a major effort now is making sure that people are safe. That includes checking on elderly residents and working to get homeless people off the streets and into shelters, he told CNN's "New Day."

Schools will be closed Tuesday, he said, but decisions have yet to be made about other city offices.

"We have all the things we need to clean the city. It's really just being prepared heading into the storm," Walsh said.

Christine Carew, a sales associate at Charles Street Supply in Boston, said customers have been coming into the hardware store since it opened Sunday to grab sleds, shovels, ice melt and snow brushes.

"This is kind of typical," she told CNN about Boston getting a lot of snow. "We're more prepared for it. We know it's going to happen."

Riding out the storm

On Plum Island, Massachusetts, Bob Connors said he'll try to ride out the storm but will move to higher ground if things get dicey, according to CNN affiliate WHDH. A 2013 storm destroyed homes on the island.

"When you're living on the edge of paradise like we are now, you give Mother Nature a lot of respect when we need to," said Connors.

Philadelphia could get 5 to 9 inches of snow Monday and an additional 6 to 10 inches Tuesday, the National Weather Service says. The School District of Philadelphia has already announced that schools will be dismissed at noon Monday.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service upgraded its blizzard watch to a blizzard warning for the area from northern New Jersey through southern Connecticut, including New York City. Twenty to 30 inches of snow is possible, with winds gusting 55 to 65 mph.

Visibility will be a major problem, said CNN meteorologist Judson Jones.

"This is not one of those storms you want to go out in while it's happening," Jones said. "You want to wait for the winds to die down ... before you go to the store."

Tuesday is shaping up to be a day when the reality of the weather sets in.

One of the inevitable aftereffects of snow -- flooding -- will quickly become a problem.

There could be coastal flooding in Massachusetts starting early Tuesday, with pockets of major flooding on east-facing coastlines, the state emergency agency said.

"Plan to work from home is the best advice for Tuesday," Jones said.
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Default Re: PhOtOs-'Historic' Storm Prepares to Slam N.E.USA

New York City Hunkers Down for the 'Worst Snowstorm in History': Shelves are Cleared Ahead of Blizzard That Threatens THREE FEET of Snow. Thousands of Flights Cancelled and Workers Told to Stay Home

  • The snow storm expected to kick in at noon on Monday in New York City and early afternoon in New England with forecasters warning people to be where they wanted to be for 5pm to ride out the storm
  • A blizzard warning issued for seven states with 65mph winds and 2-3 feet of snow expected across the Northeast
  • New York mayor Bill de Blasio warned New Yorkers not to 'underestimate' the storm, adding: 'This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before'
  • Zero visibility on the roads overnight on Monday with 2-4 inches of snow falling per hour
  • Governor of Connecticut Dannel Malloy issued a statewide travel ban from 9pm on Monday evening where 12-18 inches of snow was expected
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warned commuters to go home early as roads and the subway could be closed
  • More than 1,800 flights have been canceled on Monday and a further 1,600 flights on Tuesday across the northeast
  • The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather warning which affects 60 million people
  • Boston expected to get 18-24 inches of snow and Philadelphia could see up to a foot of snow
  • Widespread power outages were expected and could last days
Daily Mail UK, 26 January 2015

Northeast residents were girding for a 'crippling and potentially historic' storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 3 feet of snow.
Winter storm Juno was set to bring heavy snow, hurricane-strength winds and widespread coastal flooding starting on Monday and through Tuesday.

A blizzard warning was issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York and Boston, affecting close to 60 million people across seven states with 'life-threatening' conditions.
The snow storm was expected to kick in with force at noon on Monday in New York City and early afternoon in New England with forecasters warning people to be where they wanted to be for 5pm on Monday to ride out the storm.

Airlines were shutting down operations along the East Coast - with more than 1,800 flights canceled on Monday and 1,600 flights on Tuesday with 'life-threatening' storms expected to sweep the area from Washington to Maine.

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Here it comes! New York was bracing for a severe snowstorm which was set to begin around noon on Monday and could drop up to two feet on the city and bring hurricane-strength winds

A lorry had jack-knifed early on Monday morning in Massachusetts as drivers were warned to avoid long journeys where possible in the 'life-threatening' blizzard conditions

Winter storm Juno can be seen covering the Northeast of the U.S. in a satellite image released on Monday. Several feet of snow was expected across the region

Workers have been told to stay home ahead of traffic mayhem as the blizzard and hurricane-strength winds hit the Northeast

Workers de-ice a plane during a light snow on the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York early on Monday. Airlines cancelled thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports

People wrap up warm for a chilly walk in Central Park in Manhattan, New York ahead of the approaching blizzard on Monday afternoon

A plow truck clears snow off South Church Street, in Hazleton, Pennsylvania on Monday. The area received another three-inches of snow overnight

Chaos: Pictured left, traffic jams were backing up on Central Parkway, Queens near New York's La Guardia airport while thousands of travelers were stranded (picture at La Guardia on Monday) after airlines canceled more than 5,000 flights

A cyclist navigates between a New York Dept. of Sanitation truck with a snow plow attached, and cars on New York's Sixth Avenue (left). Street cleaner Francisco Mathurine clears snow from the steps in Times Square on Monday

Several occupants of a car had to cut free around 6am on Monday morning following a collision with a snow plow in Haverford Township, Pennsylvania. Their injuries were unknown

Heavy snow was already blanketing parts of Pennsylvania as the Northeast of the country got ready for a severe snowstorm on Monday and hurricane-strength winds

On Monday, Governor of Connecticut Dannel Malloy issued a statewide travel ban from 9pm this evening where 12-18 inches of snow was expected and closed schools on Tuesday.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged commuters to get out of the path of the oncoming storm before two feet of snow dropped on to the city streets.
New York City was also likely to see 'thundersnow' - when snow collides with the dry air, resulting in lightning strikes and rolling thunder.
'This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before,' New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference in Manhattan on Sunday, adding that even walking should be kept to a minimum.

Chaos engulfed New York City as shoppers emptied supermarket aisles over the weekend in preparation for several days being shut indoors due to the record-breaking blizzard.
There would be zero visibility on roads overnight on Monday, with drivers urged to take the utmost care and avoid long journeys where possible.
Governor Cuomo urged commuters to stay home on Monday and warned that mass transit and roadways could be closed before the evening rush hour - even major highways such as the New York Thruway, Interstate 84 and the Long Island Expressway.
Metro-North will run an early getaway schedule as it does on Thanksgiving eve, according to travel authorities.

Sanitation workers were preparing plows and salt for the massive cleanup on about 6,000 miles of city roadways.

Stockpiling: Shelves were emptied of produce in New York City on Monday as queues at the grocery stores grew to hundreds of people

A Massachusetts street is seen already coated with several inches of snow on Monday morning. Boston is expected to get 18 to 24 inches of snow, with up to 2 feet or more west of the city

In New York City, the Greater New York Taxi Association offered free cab service for emergency responders trying to get to work, and disabled and elderly residents who become stranded.

Government officials began to activate emergency centers on Sunday as professional sports teams, schools and utilities hastily revised their schedules and made preparations.

New York schools were open on Monday but expected to be closed on Tuesday, according to the mayor.

The Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots expected to be out of town by the time the storm arrives in Boston. The team plans to leave Logan Airport at 12.30pm on Monday for Phoenix, Arizona. where the temperature will reach the high 60s.

In Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker warned residents to prepare for roads that are 'very hard, if not impossible, to navigate,' power outages and possibly even a lack of public transportation.
Cape Cod was expected to see up to three feet of snow with all weather models showing at least two feet of snow across Hartford, Connecticut, Providence, Rhode Island, and Boston along with 50mph winds which will make travel treacherous.

Buy, buy, buy: Pictured is an Upper East Side grocery store with huge queues, while another New York City store is seen

'Potentially Historic' Storm Could Cripple Northeast

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