The storm currently making it's way through the east coast knocked out power for more than half a million people across eight states, and some places have snow drifts that go well above your chest. This storm is real, people.
So, yeah, if you can read this you're either somewhere safe and far away from the storm, or you're not one of the over 650,000 people spread across New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Vermont without power. Good for you, and here's hoping you stay with us for the rest of the day.
Massachusetts has seen some of the worst of the storm so far. Of the power outages, 400,000 are in the Bay State. There remains a driving ban in place for all of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Mass transit in Boston has been suspended until plows try and clear some of the snow — the city's fancy new online snow-plow tracker is overloaded as everyone kind of just waits around for a plow to arrive. It's hard, though, when some ares saw as much as 30 inches of snowfall. There's going to be slow progress because of high winds. The storm has mostly subsided, but another five inches will fall by midday in some places, making it that much harder for plows to get on the roads.
This is still developing, but flooding in Massachusets is becoming a real problem. The National Weather Service reports floods "all along the east coast." These are the areas affected: Barnstable; Dukes; Eastern Essex; Eastern Norfolk; Eastern Plymouth; Nantucket; Suffolk.
Some of the pictures coming in from the storm are, to be frank, bonkers. Look at this Connecticut family's front door:
In other news, this is my parent's front door in CT. Unreal. twitter.com/CopaCavanna/st…— Alan Cavanna (@CopaCavanna) February 9, 2013
Or maybe you were thinking of leaving the house in Long Island today:
New York's Central Park saw about a foot of snow, which just makes it this friggin' pretty:
If you do have to leave the house, please be careful. If a snowdrift looks too big to drive through, it probably is. Or, alternatively, if the storm is still raging where you are maybe just stay inside. Too many people abandoned their cars yesterday:
Seriously, too many:
Digging that out isn't going to be fun, and it makes it difficult for plows trying to clear the roads. If you do have to leave the house, please consider that the roads are icy and caution is a must. It's going to be easy to slide off the road:
If you absolutely must leave the house, getting creative about your transportation options is highly encouraged:
It's best to just stay inside where it's warm and snuggly:
Unfortunately barbecuing probably isn't an option today: