BOSTON — New Englanders savaged by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds are digging out as New Yorkers and others spared its full fury question whether forecasts were overblown.
The storm buried the Boston area in more than 2 feet of snow and lashed it with howling winds that exceeded 70 mph. While Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey had been warned they could get 1 to 2 feet of snow, New York City received just under 10 inches and Philadelphia a mere inch or so. New Jersey got up to 10 inches.
The glancing blow left forecasters apologizing and politicians defending their near-total shutdown on travel.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended their travel bans.