Massachusetts put a driving ban into effect on Friday afternoon and for about 24 hours anyone caught on the road faced a $500 fine and up to a year in jail. They were serious. I actually think it was one of the best deterrents for people to go into the storm. As far as I know, no one was cited.
I've seen some people from climates that receive large amounts of snow on a normal basis mocking how seriously New England took this storm. That's fine, but I think they're making themselves look pretty silly.
Right now there are 400,000 people without power (which also means without heat) because of this storm. My parents and brother's family are both without power. There have been deaths because of the storm. The coasts were battered and flooded. National Guard was mobilized, and there were forced evacuations.
Overall, I think Massachusetts' preparation and reaction to the storm was instrumental in keeping people safe.
So here are a few photos from my house. It's hard to see just how much snow we got because everything is white.
View from my side door.
In the foreground is where my driveway is. You wouldn't know Pat had already snow-blowed twice the night before.
Third time snow blowing in 24 hours.
Pat and the boys have enjoyed playing outside with all the neighbors. I've been staying warm inside with Leah making hot meals for the boys when they come in. So I don't have many photos of all the fun, but believe me, they are having it.
This was Pat pulling the boys on their sled this morning.
What were you up to this weekend?