A howling blizzard heaped snow on Boston but farther south it mostly spared New York City, which slowly blinked back to life Tuesday, canceling its travel ban and restarting its subway trains amid better-than-expected weather conditions. Total accumulation was expected to reach or exceed 2 feet (about half a meter) in most of Massachusetts, potentially making it one of
the top snowstorms of all time there. Coastal residents braced for a powerful storm surge and the possibility of damaging flooding and beach erosion, particularly on the Cape Cod peninsula. As dawn broke, New York City had an almost eerie feel to it. No airplanes in the sky and no trains running underground made for an unexpected quiet. Light snow fell steadily early Tuesday in midtown Manhattan as a few municipal trucks rumbled down empty streets.