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New Yorkers Cheer Snowstorm's Glancing Blow

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 11:23 AM

Bundled-up New Yorkers were gratefully smiling this morning after winter storm Juno largely bypassed the Big Apple — so happy that CNN's "New Day" co-host Alisyn Camerota kissed Mayor Bill de Blasio on his chilly cheek as she handed him a steaming cup of hot cocoa.

Meanwhile, shivering co-host Chris Cuomo complained, "The mayor comes and the hot cocoa comes. I've been asking for it for an hour and a half."

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Weather forecasters predicted that New York would be slammed with up to a yard of snow and heavy winds, causing the city to batten down the hatches in anticipation, shutting the subway system for snow for a first time in history, closing highways and bus and train service, and eliminating Hudson River water crossings, leaving Democrats de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo playing defense in the aftermath, The New York Times reported.

The mayor told CNN, "The storm moved, thank God. It saved New York City and a lot of other places from a very difficult few days, but in the end we had to be prepared. Better safe than sorry.

"We had a consensus from the meteorologists across the board that this thing was going to be easily two feet. Two feet of snow would have paralyzed this city, so we did what was necessary to keep people safe."

Cuomo told the Times, "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. We respond to the best information that we have."

Camerota pressed de Blasio for an estimate of the cost of the extensive preparations, but he would only say, "We'll get a final estimate in the next few days, but again, for public safety, you have to make that expenditure.

"If this had been two feet of snow, even at one point we were hearing it could have been three feet, you've got to keep people safe first. You can't put a price on that."

The mayor told the Times, "This is a 'better safe than sorry' scenario. We dodged a bullet."

The National Weather Service (NWS) owned up to missing the mark on the snow's effect on the city, telling the Times, "Our science has come a long way, but there are still many moving parts in the atmosphere, which creates quite the forecast challenge."

The service commented that the blizzard moved farther east and dropped "much less snow" on New York City than was predicted. CNN estimated the city received 6-8 inches of snow, while parts of Suffolk County were hit with up to two feet.

In Massachusetts, there were up to 13,000 power outages after two feet of snow hit parts of the state, the Boston Herald reported.

Gary Szatkowski, NWS meteorologist in Mount Holly, New Jersey, said, "You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn’t," the Times reported.

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Bundled-up New Yorkers were gratefully smiling this morning after winter storm Juno largely bypassed the Big Apple — so happy that CNN's "New Day" co-host Alisyn Camerota kissed Mayor Bill de Blasio on his chilly cheek as she handed him a steaming cup of hot cocoa.
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