Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Flipboard 0 The massive winter storm that struck the Northeast overnight was expected to deal a “historic” blow to New York City, but those predictions fell short of the reality. “This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City,” the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, said on Sunday. But thanks to an unexpected shift in the storm’s location, the nation’s largest city will see “much less snow” than originally thought, according to the National Weather Service. New Yorkers dug in Monday evening after public officials requested people leave work early and stay off the roads. Flights were canceled and public transportation services wound down ahead of the expected blizzard. The projected snowfall was measured in feet. Instead, there was about six inches on the ground in New York City early Tuesday. But while the storm proved a bust there, its unexpected movement meant that areas further north were being battered as forecast. Parts of Massachusetts had already seen over a foot of snow at dawn Tuesday. But even there, Gov. Charlie Baker said in a press conference Tuesday morning that the original predictions of 2-3 feet might not be borne out once the storm is finished. While the blizzard warning has been canceled for New York, it remains in effect for Massachusetts until 1 a.m. Wednesday. Given those continued poor conditions, Baker reiterated his call for drivers to stay off the roads, following the statewide travel ban he announced on Monday night. Similar bans were lifted by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, but they still warned of poor driving conditions. Effective at 7:30am, the travel ban is lifted in all 21 counties in New Jersey. — Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 27, 2015 I am asking everyone in NJ who doesn't have to drive this morning please don't. And those that do, please drive slow. — Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 27, 2015 Drivers should use extreme caution and prepare properly as driving conditions remain poor and other states may have travel bans in effect. — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 27, 2015 “New Jerseyans should continue to stay off the roads whenever possible throughout the day as transportation and public safety officials continue their work to clear the roadways from the snowfall,” said a statement from the state of New Jersey. Overnight, a National Weather Service meteorologist apologized for the missed forecast. My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public. — Gary Szatkowski (@GarySzatkowski) January 27, 2015 You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn't. Once again, I'm sorry. — Gary Szatkowski (@GarySzatkowski) January 27, 2015 This is a big storm further off to our northeast. New York City will see good amounts of snow, and for portions of New England it will… — Gary Szatkowski (@GarySzatkowski) January 27, 2015 …be very high impact. But for much of New Jersey, and for the Philadelphia Metropolitan area, this is a big forecast miss. — Gary Szatkowski (@GarySzatkowski) January 27, 2015 But speaking to CNN, de Blasio defended officials’ response to the New York blizzard forecast. “People understood that we had to keep people safe,” he said. [photo credit: bayou_darlin] Twitter Tweet Facebook Share Email This article was written for Business 2 Community by Kane Pepi.Learn how to publish your content on B2C Author: Kane Pepi Kane Pepi is an experienced financial and cryptocurrency writer with over 2,000+ published articles, guides, and market insights in the public domain. Expert niche subjects include asset valuation and analysis, portfolio management, and the prevention of financial crime. Kane is particularly skilled in explaining complex financial topics in a user-friendlyView full profile ›More by this author:VoIP Basics: Everything Beginners Should Know!Bitcoin Investment, Trading & Mining: The Ultimate Guide for BeginnersIs This a Better Way to Set Your 2020 Goals and Resolutions?