The warnings were dire, but at least so far, the Northeast's "historic and catastrophic" blizzard pretty much fizzled. The National Weather Service canceled a blizzard warning for New York City, noting that "much less snow" than expected will hit the city, the New York Times reports, and driving conditions are expected to get better as the day goes on. But experts are still predicting plenty of snow, if less than they'd previously thought, the AP reports. New England is likely to see the most snow, with some two feet expected in Providence, RI, and Hartford, Conn. As for New York, a National Weather Service forecaster estimates 10 to 20 inches, with six inches in Philadelphia and central New Jersey. In continuing snow news:
- Transportation has been severely limited, with driving bans in New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, as well as several counties in New York state, where drivers could be fined $300, Reuters reports. Those bans are now being lifted. Some 7,700 flights were canceled, the AP reports. Meanwhile, Amtrak shut down its New York to Boston line, Reuters notes. Government offices and schools also closed.
- One death was reported on Long Island, where a 17-year-old had a sledding accident. He hit a light pole and was pronounced dead at the hospital, ABC 7 reports.
- There has been some debate over whether this storm has a name, the Times notes. While Bloomberg and Fox News, as well as New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority, are calling it Juno, the Times itself and the Washington Post aren't using the name. "Juno" came from the Weather Channel, and some meteorologists say its naming system is just a "cheap advertising ploy."
- Historic blizzard or not, a Yeti was spotted in Boston, the Week reports. This particular costumed snowman is social media-savvy, tweeting about his travels through the city.
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