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From dubious to impressed

It's certainly windy, and it's been snowing all day, but they were the teeniest tiniest little snowflakes you ever did see. Total accumulation as of 7pm: an entire three and a half inches. I know it wasn't supposed to be as bad here as it is further east, but a mere 3.5 inches was looking a lot like a washout as far as record-breaking, monster snowstorms go.

Another 10 inches fell between 7 and 10pm. I've just shoveled about two-thirds the way from the garage door out to the driveway. It's very light snow; I made good progress in the 15 minutes I was out. But there was at least another inch nearest the garage door as I came in. And I think we're still in the "dark blue" radar band. They said on the news that's the 2 inches/hour band, but the snowfall is well ahead of that here.

I wouldn't be trying to go anywhere even if the Governor hadn't banned traffic across the Commonwealth this afternoon. It's the first time I can remember when I've been someplace where the entire state is shut down, and where I've been under a ban on driving my car for anything other than an emergency. I've been in storms where highways have been shut down, and where people are advised to stay off the roads, but never in an outright ban. At 7pm, it seemed an over-reaction, out here in the Pioneer Valley at least. As of 10, it's clearly anything but. The last thing we needed was a bunch of traffic on the roads during those three hours. Even here.

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batwrangler
Feb. 9th, 2013 03:36 am (UTC)
Glad you are snug at home.
gerisullivan
Feb. 9th, 2013 03:47 am (UTC)
Ditto that for you!
thinkum
Feb. 9th, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
With the wind whipping around the parking lot, I have no idea how much snow we got, other than "a fair amount". It's still snowing now, actually...
debgeisler
Feb. 9th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
This morning, one reporter was noting that, because of the driving ban, the idiots who were on the Mass Pike in the middle of the night driving *on the wrong side of the Pike* (because visibility was nil and they didn't know they were on the wrong side) didn't kill anyone.

I can only understand going out in this if it is a serious personal health or safety issue. We had neither, so stayed put.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 10th, 2013 02:51 am (UTC)
I am glad you made it through the storm unscathed, and I am glad to get those LJ emails whenever you upload a picture, as it reminds me you are here. Are you on facebook? Is there a way that LJ could be set to notify me whenever you post words? Best regards. I am Boskone bound and hope to see you there.
gerisullivan
Feb. 10th, 2013 05:50 am (UTC)
Sorry; I'm not on Facebook.

I didn't know LJ had a way to notify folks when pictures are uploaded. Interesting. I don't think there's a way to be notified when I make posts, but then again, I would have said the same thing about pictures. What's the secret to that?

I look forward to seeing you at Boskone, Mr or Ms Anonymous. Please don't hesitate to comment again with your name added at the end of your message. Thanks!
lauriemann
Feb. 11th, 2013 10:37 am (UTC)
Sometimes, you don't realize that you haven't logged in until after you've left a comment. Been hit by that a few times myself (though not in this particular case).

So I saw that Spencer, which is near you, was in the top 5 of snowfall in Massachusetts with 30". How are you doing?
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