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article image'Historic' Winter Storm Nemo lives up to predictions

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By Greta McClain     Feb 9, 2013 in World
Winter Storm Nemo has lived up to its projections, dumping in excess of two feet of snow in many parts of northeastern portion of the United States, while heavy winds also knocked out power across the region.
Many meteorologists were predicting the snowfall associated with Winter Storm Nemo would reach "historic" proportions. Although Nemo is heading out to sea, sparing parts of the northeast from record setting snowfall, they were correct in their prediction.
Connecticut has been the hardest hit in terms of snowfall. As of 9:40 a.m. local time, Milford, CT. was recording 38.0 inches of snow in less than 24 hours. Thirty-six inches of snow has fallen in Oxford, CT, while New Haven has received a total of 34 inches of snow so far. The previous one day snowfall record for Connecticut was 28.0 inches in Middletown on January 28, 1897.
In anticipation of record setting snowfall, Hartford, CT. Mayor Pedro Segarra had ordered a travel ban effective at 4:00 p.m. Friday. With snow falling at a rate of more than 4 inches per hour, he suspended street-clearing efforts because crews were unable to stay ahead of the heavy snowfall, making street conditions and visibility hazardous. He told CNN:
"Our crews were not able to see where they were going."
Several residents in the northeast decided to document the potentially record setting snowfall on film. Geoff Fox, a resident of Hamden, CT., set up his camera to take time lapse video of the storm. He began taking one frame per minute at 6:07 a.m. and stopped at 11:00 p.m. after the snow had risen high enough to cover the camera lens.
Portland, Maine has also received record breaking snowfall amounts due to Nemo. With 29.3 inches falling so far, it easily surpasses the previous record of 27.1" set in January 1979. Gorham, Maine has recorded 33 of snow thus far. The all time record for snowfall in Maine was set on November 23, 1943 when 35 inches snow fell in Middle Dam. Forecasters believe that record may be broken as snow continues in parts of the state.
Boston and many parts of Massachusetts were expected to receive in excess of 30 inches of snow from Winter Storm Nemo. Wind gusts between 60 to 75 mph knocked out power for more than 400,000 Boston residents. Fire spokesman Ed Bradley reported electricity was knocked out at the Plymouth, MA. nuclear power plant. Backup generators were able to quickly restore power and Bradley said there was never an "emergency" at the plant. Approximately 90 percent of Plymouth is without power.
Thus far, snowfall amounts in Massachusetts have not reached record numbers. According to Weather.com Boston, MA has received nearly 22 inches of snow in less than 24 hours. Snow is expected to continue to fall throughout the morning, with forecasters expecting at least another 2-4 inches of snow. Snow can be seen continuing to fall in Boston in the featured video above. The record snowfall for Boston stands at 27.6 inches according to a Washington Post report.
Anticipating a "snowmageddon", residents of Massachusetts also decided to record time lapse videos of Friday's snowfall. This 9 hour time-lapse video shows the amount of snow that fell just north of Boston.
Another video documents the snowfall in Boston over the course of 12 hours.
As snow continues to fall and heavy winds create storm surge flooding concerns, Digital Journal will continue to provide updates on the storm.
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