Blizzard Hits Southern New England

By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Executive Weather Producer

BOSTON (CBS) – A very powerful nor’easter produced treacherous conditions across all of southern New England Wednesday.

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Heavy, wet, pasty snow poured over eastern Massachusetts, stuck to everything and caused thousands of power outages.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports from one of the jackpot towns in Northeast Mass.

Several reports of thunder and lightning came into the weather office before sunrise, as intense bands of snowfall rotated onshore.

The snow was a bit lighter and fluffier well inland, so it was a bit easier to move and shovel out in Worcester County.

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Across the extreme South Shore and Cape and Islands, the snow mixed with sleet and rain at times making for a big mess.


The heaviest snow, 1-to-3 inches per hour, continued through midday.

Steady moderate snow fell for most of the afternoon and then became lighter by evening.

The Winter Storm Warning and Blizzard Warning was due to expire at 8 p.m., but the Blizzard Warning was canceled shortly after 4 p.m, as the storm slowly exited the region.  The Winter Storm Warning remained in effect until 8 p.m.


Parts of western Massachusetts saw approximately 30 inches of snow as of 3 p.m, an eye-popping 34.5 inches was dumped in Savoy, just northeast of Pittsfield.

Most of the central and eastern part of the state was hit with 12-to-18 inches.  17.5 fell in Roslindale.

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One Comment

  1. Hank Warren says:

    Fake global warming (and carbon taxes), yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

      1. Barney's Boyfriend says:

        Yes…pointing out civil rights abuses by our government is weird. Whatever.

    1. JB says:

      EXACTLY Hank Warren, although Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and a few others can stay.

    2. FugginMorons says:

      Can’t we have a sinlge d@mn article spared from this inane polticial babble people feel compelled to post everywhere? Your post is about as random and bizarre as they come.

      Its a blizzard, it produced lots of snow. Discussing thousands of years of climate cycles juxtaposed with the short comings of our elected officials can hardly be debated here in any meaningful way.

      Seriously people get a friggin grip.

      1. rob says:


        where did you learn the word justsuppose?

        sounds like your’e much better than all the friggin morons here

        find a smarter site

      2. Joe says:

        You have it completely right. These unstable people just hijack news stories to just babble whatever inane talking points that they heard someplace else. Sheep I tell you. Sheep.

  2. robertg says:

    So how many feet of global warming do you have at your house

  3. bob says:

    Could it be that God, who has controlled weather since the written word, is not happy with those who have tried to grab a portion of it for money, power, and fame.
    We get the wildest weather is Texas but it never lightnings in a snow storm. To the unbeliever’s who don’t want to entertain such ideas. Continue to hide history, records, and our national heritage.
    God has rained on your parade. Snow in 49 states yesterday, even Hawaii, only Florida escaped……what a bunch of dishonest bozo’s

    1. Zach Chandler says:

      you are absolutly right the end will be comming

    2. Jim Lively says:

      THundersnow is very common, especcially in New England. try some research before invoking your false God. Ive lived in New England all my life and I can assure you this is common.

      (PS…. assuming your prayers can travel at the speed of light, it would take over 30 Billions years for a response (round trip travel time out of the visable Universe), So while you waiting for an invisable man in the sky to dave you, I will save myself. I would have thought that Galviston would have cured you of that. No? How about Katrinia, Illeagal immigrants, tornadoes? Wow, your God must really have it out for you guys. We rarely have those problems in New England.

      So enjoy your punishments


      1. Graceman says:

        Just because the Invisible Man remains invisible (temporarily) does not been he’s not there. Allow yourself a little “wiggle” room just in case you are introduced to the “I am that I am” of the Old Testament a milli second after you leave this life. Believing 1st- Understanding 2nd! God bless.

      2. Chris says:

        Wow sounds like you live your whole life in fear of the big bad man in sky. That’s sad.

      3. Matthew says:

        How about some of that empirical evidence that a non-living molecule became a human being Chris. Or maybe some of that empirical evidence that the universe made itself. FYI – God is not a man, nor does he “live in the sky”. Even my five year old knows what a metaphor is.

    3. FugginMorons says:

      please seek mental help asap… really, you frighten people and you make the Lord very nervous…

      1. Jim Lively says:

        How could I possibly make an “all powererful being” nervous?

        Tell your God Im sorry and didnt mean to scare him. He should sleep easier tonight,

      2. Joe says:

        Oh wait. I didn’t know you were a Jesus freak. I take that back.

  4. FFS you people are insane. says:

    You Drudge readers are really something else.

    IMAGINE THAT, it SNOWS during the WINTER! Step out of your trailers once in a while and you might actually see some. This doesn’t disprove climate change.

    1. jslab129 says:

      I see you got the memo. It’s ‘climate change’ now, not ‘global warming’.

      1. runninl8 says:


    2. Snow in 49 States says:

      That’s it FFS, when you have a weak position, rely on the old ad hominem argument! That always make your case appear stronger. Ha!

      Guess what my friend? False reports. Created data. Poor science and research doesn’t prove “global warming” either. Sorry, we’ll try to not confuse you with the facts anymore.

    3. Nick says:

      Climate change, global warming, oh wait, wasn’t it called global cooling at one point?? Keep drinking the kool aid, don’t think for yourself. Now I must ask, what can disprove “climate change”? A valid theory can be disproved.

      1. Brandon says:

        Dude, it was called global cooling… once. In 1973 in a one page Newsweek article. Idiot.

      2. Ted says:

        I learned about the “coming Ice Age” in a Scholastic Reader (that was a topical educational newspaper that was used in pretty much all schools). This was maybe 1979.. when I was in 3rd grade.

    4. whos being snowed says:

      Well the 12 coldest winter here (In Texas) in 100+ years sure helps , but never confuse a liberal with the facts

    5. FugginMorons says:

      Its like an ongoing narrative from the Borg collective they all say the same exact things over and over again to anyone who will listen. Its like some message is broadcast from the mothership they repeat it ad infinitum. Its not a conservative message either, its this new weird neo-con group of people. I consider myself a tradional conservative but this new group is truly frightening.

      Climate cycles exist and ice ages do happen. Happened long before Man ever came to be on this planet and will happen long after we are gone. Wther or not Man has hastened these cycles is up for debate, but I truly doubt anyone on here who disbelieves that Earths climate shifts mearely because its the party line is a fool.

      Humans need clean air and water to survive, being concerned for our environment should not be a political argument, it should be mandatory.

      Good god peple think for yourseleves for a change…

      1. Henry Thoreau says:

        That’s not what these people are talking about, and you know it. It’s called Cap and Trade, and it will collapse industrialized nations. Their excuse to do this is environmentalism. Emphasis on mental. This has nothing to do with pollution when they are going to tax you for producing CO2 aka air aka what plants need to live.

        Dumping nuclear waste into the ocean and throwing medical bags into the ocean has nothing to do with this. And I agree with you. We should be concerned about pollution. What they are concerned with is some socialist/communists sending their country into the 9th circle of hell because you are all too clueless to catch on.

    6. Stephen C. Johnson says:

      Of course there is climate change. Climate is dynamic and constantly changes, it’s what help creates the bio-diversity we have on our planet. If climate was static, unchanging, there would never be any diversity, no new species, no new wetlands… nothing. It’s not natural to control climate and frankly, it’s impossible for human beings to do. We can’t change things so we best accept them and quit acting like a bunch of myopic fools with megalomania issues.

    7. guestopinion says:

      One way or another scientists want to tax the atmosphere that way they’ll get the money to experiment with controlling it. :->

      Let me get this correct, I pay them and then they decide whether it rains or not on my day. hmmm….

    8. Rick Daniels says:

      And you Huffy Post idiots are something else too, FFS.

    9. Natalie Rosen says:

      absolutely CORRECT. These are the kinds of stupid folly that fox news types brilliantly follow. WINTER IS WINTER it will be cold but what global warming DOES do is increase the catastrophic and huge weather events which we see in ALL four seasons. Summer still means summer, and winter still means winter. But the HUGE weather events we see here and all over the world have EVERYTHING to do with climate change but temperatures are what they are because of the rotation of the earth in relation to the sun…GET A BRAIN and READ!!

  5. JB says:

    Snow is caused by global warming and it’s the fault of SUV’s. The AZ shootings are the fault of talk radio and Fox News and Sarah Palin. The collapse of the economy is the fault of unfettered free market policies. I see how it works in fantasy land. Good night, I’m going back to bed until Jon Stewart comes on.

  6. Cynic says:

    Global Warming my foot….The Earth is going to do what it feels like doing and it doesn’t give a Rats patootie whether we like it or not…..

  7. f_hampser says:

    Perhaps you liberals could pray to Charles Darwin for relief.

    1. Chris says:

      That’s a decent idea. I’d rather pray to a real person who developed theories substantiated by empirical evidence rather than a make believe man in the sky.

      1. Matthew says:

        Hey…show me some of that empirical evidence. Like the empirical evidence that a non-living molecule became a human being over 3.5 billion years. Got any of that empirical evidence laying around?

      2. Arky says:

        That which is of man can be understood by man, that which is of the Spirit can only be understood by the Spirit.

    2. Robert says:

      Are your prayers to Jesus helping?

      1. Rick Daniels says:

        Yes, they are.

  8. worc. says:

    Wake when it snows on July 4th around 3pm

  9. Zach Chandler says:

    I think its one of gods last warnings to us before he blows us to smitheriens

  10. larrman says:

    The 20 comments above scare the hell out of me. That people with such radical leftist ideas exist scares me more than a blizzard!!!! This is a weather comment column…not for people to rant and rave about far fetched radicalism. OMG!!!

  11. macmum says:

    Wow! does anyone have some real information or comments on the storm? What is wrong with this picture? Doesn’t Keller have a political blog you can all make your points on instead of making a typical New England winter weather event a place to set up your “soap box”? Holy cow!

  12. tired of all the dummies says:

    I seem to recall God lovers used to tell the unbelievers that the world was flat and the sun revolves around the earth which is at the center of the universe. if you recall the global warming science, more snow in the east (as well as western europe) is predicted.

    Global warming is about average annual temperatures, not what’s happening today.

    look at our beloved capitalism. a down day by the same logic should mean that the world economy is forever headed down

    1. whos being snowed says:

      Right, so because we believe in God we are incapable of discerning the truth?
      Record cold temperatures have been pervasive throughout the northern hemisphere for the past several years, in fact the average temperature over the past decade HAS GONE DOWN.
      But its still global warming or MMGW or climate change or whatever nonsense allows the leftists to extract and redistribute wealth.

      1. Chris says:

        Yes, when you believe in a myth you lose credibility in general.

      2. Lori says:

        When one is unwilling to accept that others have a genuine belief system (even if you do not agree with said belief system) then it is YOU, Chris, who loses credibility for being unwilling to accept, even if you do not agree.

    2. rob says:

      yes CATHOLICS used to say that and then they burned other scientists – who followed the facts to wherever they led (unlike modern day evolutionists) and were mostly protestants or jews

      1. Rob says:

        rob you are a nitwit like your atheist pal above. Try getting the real story about it instead of going by soundbites by evil ministers. Bet you got web fingers

      2. Rob says:

        rob you are a nitwit like your atheist pal above. Try getting the real story about it instead of going by soundbites by evil ministers an liberal atheists. Bet you got web fingers

  13. Teddy Kennedy's SEARCH+RESCUE says:

    On a day like today, our founder enjoyed making snow-angels

  14. whos being snowed says:

    1980 – Global Cooling (time magazine front cover)
    1990 – Man Made Global Warming
    2000 – ‘Climate Change’ (aka anything we want it to be)
    2010 – Weather

  15. Lorine says:

    Have family in Lynn , I’m in J-ville Florida …trying to find out how much snow fell in Lynn , please???

    1. Ben says:

      Lynn is doing all right! We’ve got a few feet. Nothing detrimental. :)

    2. Mamalynski says:

      I live in Lynn. got about 18-20 inches. School closed today and tomorrow

  16. Snow men says:

    i rather count wrinkles on my dogs ball then read this comments.

  17. John Kerry says:

    I am so glad I do not live in that DUMP!

  18. Gal Bore says:

    Because of global warming, by the year 2000 a snowfall will be a rarity, something for celebration.

  19. racegirl2000 says:

    We here in missouri call it thunder snow, happens all the time here.

    1. Jasper Willis says:

      See it’s te work o te devil coz every1 nose Missouri = Misery….. it is really hell!!!!

  20. Algore ShyTed says:

    As the storm swept north, the National Weather Service reported snow on the ground in every state except Florida. That included Hawaii, which had 7 inches on the top of the Mauna Kea mountain.

    “I think it has happened in the past, but it’s not very often that it happens,” said James Peronto of the weather service.

  21. peterwoohoo says:

    Global Climate Lukewarmer Liberals focus on weather snap shots & inaccurate temp data. Nice thing about snow shovels is the dual purpose they possess……..Shovel Snow and Liberal Bull S#@t….lol

  22. Hal Core says:

    A group of scientists met in South America. They voted on the 20 most urgent enviromental issues. Global warming came in 20th place. So the global warming hysterics are taking our attention away from 19 more important problems. Lets focus on those first..

  23. gary says:

    Global scam not global warming if you ask me .

    1. Gmoney says:

      Global warming is big business! How come the environmentalists won’t go and bug China about going “green”?

  24. bob says:

    So what’s wrong with the planet warming? I’d be happy if I never saw snow again.

  25. emom says:

    I think snow miser and heat miser are at it again,,, its time we call MOTHER NATURE, she will bury your buts deep in fluff,,, never mess with mother nature,,,,,

  26. Peet says:

    Big deal over Southern New England… While up North I enjoyed boot-deep powder at Cannon Mountain. What’s a big emergency down below is pure heaven up here!

  27. patty t., alabama says:

    North Alabama–9 inches snow, we had thunder and lightning also.

  28. Bob Nelson says:

    Climate change = THE WEATHER
    More global cooling for us.

    Great moment from a couple years ago: “Global Warming March During Snowstorm In Amherst MA (in March)” Protest global warming by marching through snowstorm!

  29. Derek says:

    I apologise for entering the discussion with a rational argument which the atheists will not comprehend but the rest of you folks will be able to appreciate.

    1 Pet 3 “They deliberately ignore the fact that the heavens existed of old and earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God;”
    Written two thousand years ago by a God-fearing man who thought the same about evolutionary nonsense as me.
    He then said: The present heavens and earth have been reserved by the same word for fire, kept for the day of judgment and of destruction of the godless.”
    Then in the book of revelation (8:7) we read:-
    “A third of the land was burned up, along with a third of the trees and all green grass”

    It is not global warming – it is the fruit of an age where sin is rampant. Your personal sin affects the world around you, just as personal holiness also affects the world around you. With sin increasing we see crop failure, fish dying in the sea, animal numbers falling, nature being destroyed, increases in storms and earthquakes, etc. Man was created as the master of this planet and we remain so to a certain extent, consequently what we do and how we live has an affect. It is not God’s domain, it was man’s but really belongs to the Evil One. We see the consequence of that all around us.
    Global warming is a pathetic political agenda that isn’t worth the paper it is written on and the politicians know that. They just get bumper weekends away at taxpayers expense to shout at each other about it

    As mentioned at the top, Atheists please see if you can respond in a rational way rather than the usual expletives and non provable scientific gabble. See if you can respond with some that at least is demonstrable and then we can have a rational and logical debate about things. Otherwise it is gibberish and I’m non of you will want to be considering a gibbering pleb (or maybe you will, who knows)

  30. Charlie says:

    We r a spec in millions of years, there is no way we can for sure ever unless we have a million years of records and even that is to littke tine

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