Storm Juno stopped traffic, school, and most of the routines of New England residents during its’ reign from Jan. 26 to 28. In fact, the blizzard of 2015 ushered in a week of nearly continuous snowfall, along with whipping wind, freezing temperatures, and cancelled classes.
The blizzard shut down ENC undergrad and grad classes from Monday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. through Wednesday. ENC classes began again on Thursday, Jan. 29, while as many local public school systems stayed closed until the next Wednesday, Feb. 4. Poor road conditions and an additional snowstorm prevented school bus travel for several days.
Select boroughs in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine accumulated at least two feet of snow during the week. Taking the lead was Lunenburg, Mass., with an average of 36 inches hitting the ground. Winds around the targeted snow areas ranged from 50-80 mph.
The storm was predicted to be potentially historic before it hit New England. However, cities like Boston, Providence, Portland, and New York City have seen greater snowfall in the past. A storm in 2003 left Portland and Boston with over 27 inches of snow. The winter storms of years past were mainly snow, but Juno left in its wake a whole plethora of other problems for New England residents.
Nantucket lost power on Tuesday for several hours and many island dwellers were stranded as ferry transportation and flights were cancelled due to the intensity of the storm. A traffic ban was set in place Monday night in Boston and in other locations in New England that banned any form of non-essential road traffic as early as 9 p.m. Not only was there structural damage to the cities, but severe flooding, as well. Towns such as Sandwich, Plymouth, and Marshfield suffered structural damage from coastal flooding. Certain coastal residents were even asked to voluntarily evacuate their homes on Monday.
After the blizzard ended, residents spent the better part of the week plowing sidewalks and waiting for snow crews to finish clearing the roads.
The following Saturday, Quincy residents woke up to a few more inches of snowfall, but it did not stop there. Another snowstorm brought an additional foot of snow, starting late Sunday night and carrying on throughout the next day. ENC cancelled classes on Monday, Feb. 2 and delayed classes until 1 p.m. the next day.
Weather stations predict that Eastern Mass. will accumulate another 10-14 inches of snow from Saturday, Feb. 7 through Tuesday, Feb. 10. After this weekend’s snow, ENC will have accumulated close to four feet of snow from the past three weekends.