A Snowtastrophe

Elise Miller

For almost a week in the last part of January, the news story which captured the media’s attention were not ISIS, North Korea, or the latest celebrity gossip. No, the star of the media was Blizzard Juno. Newscasters and meteorologists alike gave reports that Juno had the ability to pile 2 to 3 feet of snow in the Northeast along with hurricane-like winds. Schools, offices, and subways closed in anticipation of the storm. Grocery stores were filled to the brim with panicked last minute shoppers trying to get supplies for the blizzard. Late in the evening on January 26th the snow started, and worried citizens stayed in their homes waiting for the damage to come. On the coastline, snow was not the only worry. Flooding was also a possibility, and residents were warned to move cars off of the roads. Two days later, on January 28th, the blizzard came to an end. New York had received less snow than originally expected. Some cities received only around 9 inches of snow, while others, like Boston got 24.6 inches.Worcester, Massachusetts ended up with 34.5 inches, a city record. For us Minnesotans, this winter has seemed easy, but as the Northeast continues to can pelleted with winter storm after winter storm, let’s thank our lucky stars, and hope to have a nice rest of the winter!