The timing of this storm was perfect with respect to my work schedule. I'm still working an 80% schedule (which sometimes is more than 32 hours a week, unfortunately) and my day off last week was Friday, the day the storm was to begin. On Thursday, it was announced that my co-workers would be able to work from home on Friday. I was happy to hear this as I don't think anyone should have to stress out over commuting in dangerous weather conditions. Later on Thursday, the MBTA announced that public transportation (trains, subway and buses) would shut down at 3:30 on Friday. And then a driving ban was to take effect at 4:00 Friday. The state was forcing everyone to stay at home.
School and all activities were canceled for Friday. Snow had started to fall around 8:30 that morning but by 4:00 not much had accumulated.
I'm glad I took pictures of the trees when I had the chance. By morning, the strong winds had blown all the snow off of the branches.
We live in an area that very rarely loses power for an extended period of time. I was more concerned with my parents who live on the coast. They are on a hill so flooding wouldn't directly impact them but if they lose power, which is usually a given, there's a possibility that their narrow street won't be plowed or that surrounding areas will be flooded and impassable. My fear was that they would be without power in the cold and stuck there. Thankfully, the longest stretch of time they were without power was four hours. Others were not so lucky. There was also significant damage to homes and the shoreline.
Our official snowfall total was 30 inches. Originally, I thought I had read 2 feet but I checked the other night and our town declared 30 inches. I believe it. We had snow drifts at least 4 feet deep as well.
I'm ready for spring!