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Impending storm: Will it come as advertised by forecasters?

Well, there’s really nothing else to talk about today in New York City or elsewhere in the state other than the weather for denizens who are gazing skyward and wondering what tomorrow is going to look like.

And, let’s face it, virtually everyone is looking skyward.

It would hard to avoid doing so for any of our readers within a radius of several hundred miles, given the constant -- and ever-loudening -- media crescendo accompanying the nearing storm that is being reported as “historic” by the National Weather Service.

Yes, New Yorkers are well accustomed to adverse weather, but what is being predicted is truly outsized and a virtual freak of nature.

Having said that, it probably is best to heed all the warnings and do what is reasonably safe, given what might be coming later today and persisting until tomorrow or even longer.

New York officials strongly suggest that state residents take proactive measures to stay safe. Given that several feet of snow could fall across the Northeast and bring high wind speeds and freezing rain, heightened vehicle accident risks are obvious for any motorists out on city and state roadways. A host of other personal injury concerns also come readily to mind.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio calls it “most likely” that residents are facing “one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city.”

And state Gov. Andrew Cuomo has acknowledged that level of concern by declaring a state of emergency for New York and calling out the National Guard. Cuomo says that bad weather could conceivably shut down New York City’s entire subway system.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Hopefully, the storm will pass through in a fashion that understates what many forecasters are predicting.

Stay safe.

Source: CNN, “ ‘Historic’ storm set to slam Northeast; airlines cancel flights,” Ralph Ellis, Michael Pearson and Ashley Fantz, Jan. 26, 2015

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