This afternoon, New Yorkers looking out their windows may wonder if the meteorologists who predicted last week’s Snowstorm Juno would be the “biggest snowstorm in the history of this city” simply got their dates wrong. While the storm didn’t break weather records, it did prompt the breaking of another record. For the first time in its 110-year history, the MTA subway system was shut down because of snow.
After the snow settled on Tuesday afternoon, The New York Times, illustrated the multifaceted nature behind this historic decision:
“I would much rather be in a situation where we say we got lucky than one where we didn’t get lucky and somebody died,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
All subway service halted from 11pm Monday evening until 9am Tuesday morning. Travelers had virtually no options of getting around the city as cars were banned from driving city roads and bus and ferry service stopped.
Of the unprecedented precautions our Director Mitchell L. Moss said, “They were able to conjure a snowstorm that didn’t occur, we won a battle without an enemy.”