The winter storm that tore through much of New England this week was a cold reminder of the damage that comes when snow is measured by the foot. Snow and ice toppled trees, caused auto accidents, disrupted flights across much of the U.S., were responsible for countless slip and fall injuries, forced the cancellation of numerous schools and events, and disrupted life for millions of people.

While winter storm Juno wasn't as bad as originally forecast for New York and New Jersey, parts of eastern Massachusetts experienced blizzard conditions and were almost invisible under several feet of snow as of Wednesday. Winds along the coast were clocked at more than 70 mph. Parts of Connecticut saw over two feet of snow, while New York and New Jersey saw everything from eight inches to about two feet. Snow totals in Maine reached well over a foot.

A blizzard is defined as heavy or blowing snow with wind speeds exceeding 35 mph and reduced visibility for more than three hours. Not all snow storms are blizzards, and some like Juno can be a snow storm in one part of the country and a blizzard in another.

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