2013’s first big snow storm walloped the Northeast this weekend, and as the weather tapers off, states across the Eastern Seaboard are coping with feet of accumulation, some power outages and a situation in which even snow plows managed to get stuck in the rapidly-falling precipitation.
2013’s first snow storm was titled Nemo, and as the weather event loomed, predictions of a massive mess over the weekend proliferated — but thus far, little structural and infrastructural impact has been reported.
Four deaths have been linked to the first big snow storm of 2013 — including that of a boy, 11, in Boston, who was exposed to carbon monoxide in a car while his father shoveled. Boston.com reports that the deadly snow shoveling incident occurred with alarming rapidity, and notes the boy was initially revived before dying at a local hospital:
“The boy was only in the car for 10 to 15 minutes, but the car was covered with snow and the colorless deadly gas could not escape through the muffler, said Jennifer Mehigan, a spokeswoman for Boston EMS… The boy was revived by the neighbors, paramedics, and firefighters, but was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center, MacDonald said. The father was also taken to BMC and is in serious condition.”
According to CNN, 2013’s first snow storm has all but ended in the accumulation, and cleanup is all that remains. The site reports most recently:
“[Per] utility figures compiled by CNN, 592,688 customers are without power in nine U.S. states. Massachusetts has the highest number, at 376,682… Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the driving ban has been lifted.”
Of all the affected areas, Milford, Connecticut was hit hardest in the inaugural snow storm of 2013: the town received a staggering 38 inches when all was said and done.