A Tale of Two Snowstorms

Last year, we covered (in-depth), a snow storm that never really came. Winter Storm Juno, for all the build-up, and all the breathless anticipation, came and went without nearly as much of a “bang” as had been forecasted. The five boroughs received somewhere between six inches and a foot of snow- a far cry from the record-setting snowfall that’d been prognosticated. And while Long Island was hit a little harder, Winter Storm Juno, by and large, was saddled with the ignominious reputation of the storm that cried wolf.

It’s important to remember that the preventive measures taken were no small effort: all across the Tri-State area, all the stops were pulled in preparation for last year’s abortive winter storm. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey organized and deployed over 200 pieces of snow-clearing machinery for its airports, allotted 60 such machines for bridges and tunnels, scattered 162 snow plows crewed by 338 employees.

More manpower still was enlisted, countless government workers armed with over 126,000 tons of salt in the city alone, compiled 1,000+ tons of solid deicer and upwards of that figure in gallons of liquid anti-ice chemicals, seeking to stabilize the city’s streets and sidewalks. And then, after all that, a state of emergency was declared anyway. Under this mandate, anyone found driving the roads post-11pm would be fined. Flights were pre-emptively canceled, schools prematurely closed, and plans of all sorts were canceled, up and down the eastern seaboard. The subway, the Long Island Rail Road, the Metro-North, and Amtrak were also shut down.

All over 25 centimeters of snow. *

This year, however, our prediction tools seemed to have worked a little more efficiently. At the time this story was written, snow accumulation was already totaling over two feet. Wind gusts in coastal areas have already topped 70MPH. Governor Cuomo has also put driving bans in place: after 2:30pm on Saturday, January 23rd, only emergency vehicles will be permitted to travel on the roads. We at Kaplan Lawyers PC urge our readers to heed these warnings. Steep fines and even points on a license could be issued to drivers caught driving after the 2:30pm moratorium. (Bus service was stopped even earlier, around noon.)

Which means that if you still haven’t stockpiled food and supplies, your only travel options may be braving the storm on foot. To our intrepid readers: if you do plan on traveling outdoors, we urge you to stay safe, stay warm, and reconsider outdoor plans altogether if the weather takes a turn for the worse. If you do venture out, make sure to pick up the following previsions:

Food & Warmth

  • Canned fruits, canned/frozen vegetables, canned meat
  • Approximately 1 gallon of potable water per day
  • Nuts, seed, granola, plastic-wrapped crackers, peanut butter and other energy foods
  • Non-electric can-openers
  • Jackets, mittens, gloves, boots, thermals, sleeping bags, scarves, gaiters, heavy socks, etc.
  • Matches (Stored in water-resistant packaging.)

Emergency / Medical

  • Thermometers
  • Eye-Wash Solution
  • Anti-contaminant cloth masks
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Band-Aids, bandages, gauze, medical tape
  • Soap, bacitracin, antibiotic towelettes
  • Antacid
  • Balm and other burn ointments
  • Pain relievers
  • Sterile gloves


Massive flooding is also expected in some areas which, due to its ability to penetrate basements and wreak subterranean havoc, may be the most problematic of the natural calamities to come. With so many power lines in jeopardy, widespread power outages are also to be expected.

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As snow settles in over the entirety of New York, reports indicate that the worst may be yet to come.

When a storm of this magnitude hits, the likelihood of an accident is amplified tenfold. We at Kaplan Lawyers PC implore our readers to stay safe. This means staying inside unless absolutely necessary, and exercising extreme caution whenever venturing outdoors. If you’ve been careful, and you’ve still been injured, it’s important you consider assigning fault to your misfortune. Landlords and superintendents have an obligation to keep your building and its surrounds safe and snow/ice free. Landowners and store proprietors, in most situations, are held to similar standards. If negligence or outright malfeasance on the part of a property owner has led to a dangerous environment, and you’ve been injured because of it, you may be entitled to sue for compensation. This compensation can help allay the cost of expensive medical bills and keep you financially afloat as you focus on recuperation.

Kaplan Lawyers PC is also New York’s most esteemed traffic and motor vehicle accident-related law firm, with a long and storied history of winning on behalf of those who have involved in driving mishaps of all kinds.

If you’ve been injured during Winter Storm Jonas, contact Kaplan Lawyers PC. Our consultations are a free and easy way to learn about your rights and begin your legal journey.



*This measurement was taken at NYC’s Central Park.