Yahoo! News is gathering brief first-person accounts, photos and video from the severe winter weather in the northeastern United States. Here's one resident's story.
FIRST PERSON | STAMFORD, Conn. -- As night falls in Connecticut, the sky remains alive with fat flakes of snow weaving gentle paths to the six inches already accumulated and the even deeper banks and piles. Bodies of snowmen built during daylight hours succumb to the relentless white tides, blown by the occasional gusts. In the morning, only heads will remain, peering out over a frozen wasteland.
Or so was predicted by early forecasts. In truth, the snow is indeed still falling and the occasional snowman can be seen (and is being buried ever-deeper), but Winter Storm Nemo, snowpocalypse, Nemogeddon, or whatever it's being called has ended its first day with a whimper.
Six inches, no match for my Toro Power Max snow-blower, once sat in my driveway, but now grace my lawn in piles; another layer of snow softening their edges. There's probably an inch or so that has since fallen, which will be handled in the morning.
The day was largely uneventful. Nothing distinguishes Nemo from a typical heavy snowstorm. The temperature has been a moderately cold (30 degrees), the wind has not been a significant player, and the snow itself has accumulated, but not greatly and only over 12 hours.
Personal highlights included my 1-year-old's first appearance in falling snow, sledding with my 3-year-old, and sipping hot chocolate with the family in front of a non-functional fireplace. Sure, I worked remotely, cleaned up a bit, and spent some time clearing snow off the pavement, but at no point did the storm create any real problems in my household.
One recent reports calls for the heaviest snowfall to begin at 9 p.m. Another indicates the snow will taper-off at nine and be finished by midnight. Either way, tomorrow will be another day of shoveling, sledding, and hot chocolate. Time will tell whether it will bring more.
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