Earlier today, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency due to a storm which could bring more than three feet of snow to the Bay State. As of this writing, there is a ban on vehicular traffic which is believed to be the first of its kind since the infamous Blizzard of '78.
I left work at noon and have spent most of the PM watching the Australian Baseball League championship between Perth and Canberra. Right now, I am watching Beyond Scared Straight. Why? I don't know. Well, better to be here than out there or in there.
The snow is expected to fall until early tomorrow afternoon.
UPDATE 2/9/2013 @ 4:22 p.m.: Earlier this afternoon, my roomie Christopher and I walked down to Doyle's (as we did during Hurricane Sandy). The snow buried many a car. It didn't help that one of the snow plow operators saw fit to dump snow in the middle of our street. Those who weren't shoveling snow were on skis, snowshoes or tobaggans making the best of the situation.
Upon our arrival at Doyle's there were only a handful of people at the bar. But within half an hour the front room was nearly full. It was there we learned that Governor Patrick would lift the driving ban at 4 p.m. The T, Amtrak and Logan International remain shut down.
We did lose our cable for more than 12 hours but the web and the rest of the power have stayed intact. The only major challenge we have is how we will do our laundry which is situated in the basement next door. The sidewalk and stairs leading to the laundry room are covered in snow. Either I'll borrow a shovel or go into town to buy one tomorrow and take care of it then.
UPDATE 2/9/2013 @ 6:25 p.m.: I borrowed a shovel from my downstairs neighbor. Beforehand I was on the phone with my Dad who told me to be careful when shoveling and to take it slow. When I saw the snow I had second thoughts but I would not be deterred. It took me 45 minutes to shovel the pathway and the stairs leading to the laundry room. Fortunately, I am in good shape so I wasn't too tired. Actually, I was quite proud of my work. The laundry will keep until tomorrow. So will the snow.
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