(2/13/2014) The National Weather Service just announced today that they predict the current blizzard to end by the year 2017. Snow will likely begin to taper off sometime in late 2015, but heavy snowfall may continue in bursts until mid 2016. By 2017, the NWS guarantees that schools will be able to re-open. The head of the national weather service released a statement from his car, where he is currently trapped, saying, "The delay of all activities for three years due to snow is certainly unfortunate and inconvenient, but on the other hand, we don't have to deal with 2016 election campaigns, so it's a mixed blessing.