2015-01-28 / Front Page

Blizzard Blasts Queens

BY JASON D. ANTOS


New York City on the eve of a major and historic snowstorm that could deliver up to 30 inches of snow with 70 mph hurricane force winds. 
Photo Jason D. Antos New York City on the eve of a major and historic snowstorm that could deliver up to 30 inches of snow with 70 mph hurricane force winds. Photo Jason D. Antos The Gazette goes to print as a major snowstorm of historic proportions known as Winter Storm Juno has arrived. A State of Emergency has been declared by the city, due to the arrival of the blizzard the National Weather Service is anticipating could drop up to three feet of snow before it’s all over. Also predicted with the system, is freezing rain and strong wind gusts possibly reaching hurricane level. Wind gusts in the New York City area are predicted to hit 70 mph.

Since the announcement of the storm on the evening of January 25, more than 2,000 flights have been cancelled at Newark, La- Guardia and JFK International Airports, as well as Logan Airport in Boston and even as far as Philadelphia.

“I want everyone to understand that we are facing – most likely – one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The Weather Service said whiteout conditions will make travel extremely dangerous in the entire tri-state area.

The blizzard warning was in effect from 1 p.m. Monday through Tuesday, with the worst conditions expected from late Monday, January 26 through midday Tuesday.

This historic blizzard is predicted to have snowfall rates of two to four inches per hour late Monday night into Tuesday afternoon.

At 3 p.m. on Monday, New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer’s office released a statement to the Gazette offices announcing the city’s declaration of a State of Emergency and notifications from Governor Cuomo regarding the MTA, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North service shutdowns.

After school activities were cancelled Monday and the city’s public schools were closed on Tuesday.

By midnight the entire city was ordered shut down by order of his honor, the mayor.

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