Everything You Need To Know About The Massive Winter Storm That Hit The Northeast And Midwest

Some areas could get up to two feet of snow by the time its all over. And they’re calling it “Hercules.”

1. Updated — 9:11 a.m., ET Jan. 3:

2. The season’s first big winter storm began hitting parts of the Midwest and East Coast on Thursday and continued into Friday morning.

Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

A tattered flag flies by a flooded yard along the shore in Scituate, Mass.

3. The heaviest snow was reported in New England.


The The New York Times has this map of snowfall so far.

4. The Weather Channel decided to name this storm “Hercules.” We don’t really know why.


The company also named last year’s Nemo.

5. U.S. airlines were forced to cancel thousands of flights nationwide.

6. New York City’s Mayor DeBlasio was out Friday morning demonstrating his shoveling technique.

7. Hours before the snow began in New York City, some Midwesterners were already buried well under it. Chicago has seen at least 9.2 inches so far.


8. Areas north of Chicago have seen more than 15 inches.


9. Wisconsin’s cold weather is expected to break records, which is bad news for Packers fans.

Forecast gametime temperatures in Green Bay on Sunday: -7 to -10 degrees. Not too far from famed Ice Bowl temps in 1967 of -15.

— usatodayweather (@USA TODAY Weather)

10. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Cape Cod, coastal areas north and south of Boston, New York’s Long Island, and part of Maine.

AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

Portland, Maine on Jan. 2.

11. The Massachusetts coast has already seen 22 inches of snow, with up to 2 feet anticipated in some areas.

Brian Snyder / Reuters

Lynn, Massachusetts on Jan. 2.

Photo not #MBTA related but we just had to share. Man in #Cambridge shoveling. Really ??? Wow

— MBTATransitPD (@MBTA Transit Police)

13. State employees in Massachusetts were sent home at 3 p.m., and several schools have been closed through Friday, including all public schools in Boston, Somerville, Cambridge, Newton, Waltham, and more.

Cape Cod

Stay home if you can. The roads are wicked slippery. #MAsnow #MassDialect #NotActualMessageBoard

— DustinGFitch (@Dustin Fitch)

Amtrak’s Acela Express and Northeast Regional service passengers should expect reduced frequencies.

16. More than 2,000 crews are reportedly working to clear the roads in Boston.


17. Boston’s Logan Airport has halted all arriving and departing flights between 8:30 p.m. Thursday and noon Friday, according to CBS Boston.

Dominick Reuter / Reuters

18. It was announced Thursday evening all School District of Philadelphia schools would be closed on Friday, Jan. 3 due to the weather.

@BuzzFeedNews @BuzzFeed Snowy Rittenhouse: Philadelphia

— atrayyy (@Amanda Tracy)

19. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

Niagara Falls.

20. The storm arrived in New York around 6:45 p.m. ET.

The Long Island Expressway and Interstate 84 were shut down at midnight, and express subway service stopped at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, officials said.

23. The National Weather Service said parts of upstate New York have already seen 18 inches of snow.

AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Mark Mulville

Buffalo, N.Y.

24. New York City public schools are closed. On Thursday, friends of Dante De Blasio took to social media to ask him to convince his father to close schools because of the snow.

25. Prioritize, New Yorkers.

I guess there is a #noreaster coming. There's a line outside Trader Joe's in Brooklyn.

— R71 (@Ralph Loglisci)

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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