Overnight a blizzard dumped several feet of snow on…not New York City, despite forecasts predicting as much as two feet of snow for the metropolitan area. And therefore, the blizzard is a “bust.”
There is basically no snow. And the entire city is shut down. Absurd.
— Henry Blodget (@hblodget) January 27, 2015
— Margaret McMenamin (@DrMcM) January 27, 2015
After NY-based media inundates rest of U.S. with blizzard-mania, & blizzard becomes bust, no wonder media not trusted & unwanted. — Drew Kerr (@DrewKerr) January 27, 2015
The dismay at a snow fall forecast that appeared to grossly overreach — preemptively bring travel to a standstill in several states — explains the defensive tone of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday morning during a press conference.
“The storm in general…was less destructive than predicted so far,” Cuomo said, adding that at least there’s one silver lining to the state’s aggressive response to initially forecast snow totals. “Because the roads were empty, we could actually plow the road,” he said.
The state has already lifted travel bans put in place in anticipation of blizzard conditions. And the New York subway system, shut down overnight, will be up and running soon.
The snow “bust” outrage reached into western Connecticut. Danbury Mayor Mark D. Boughton tweeted overnight that “pigs have not flown” in his region of the state. And by pigs, he means a forecast potential for as much as three feet of snow (Danbury had well under a foot of snow as of the morning). “The models meant a bust for most of CT. 30“? That would be a once in a lifetime deal. Way too much hype,” he added, noting that “Eastern Connecticut will be digging out for a while.”
Which brings us to the other part of the story. Most of that snow that missed New York and the Parts of Connecticut That New Yorkers Care About still fell to the ground, deeper into New England. And the storm is still happening.
As of early Tuesday morning, unofficial observations from the National Weather Service showed 25 inches of snow on the ground for some parts of Worcester County in central Massachusetts, with totals elsewhere in the state approaching the 2-foot mark. It’s a similar story in eastern Connecticut, with NWS snow totals already well over a foot, and more to come. And, parts of eastern Long Island are waking up to snow on Tuesday, too. Lots of it.
manhattan media: man that storm was so much hype! boston: we’re buried manhattan media: no really, what a bunch of hot air that was!
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 27, 2015
Huge snow drifts eastern LI. This in Southampton. No bust there. They ate their meatballs. Photo: Emily Edgar pic.twitter.com/oxsORKedzb
— Tri-State Weather (@tristateweather) January 27, 2015
Anyway, whether you’re snowed in or headed in to work today on those nice, plowed roads, it’s probably a good idea to take a break from Twitter until New York City finishes being mad.
President Obama, our great leader, wants to declare martial law in New York City as a means of helping out with the “massive” storm.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2015