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 | Snow began falling early morning in mid-coastal Maine. The temperatures were frigid outside and down to around 5 degrees. Winds were whipping, and the roads had just started to disappear with a blanket of about two inches of snow on the ground. Our town's road crew had its plows on and was already out clearing the roads locally. I am sure these few inches that had begun to fall were an instant reminder that the blizzard was just knocking at our door.
For my family, preparations were already beginning for the nor'easter predicted to hit today and into Saturday, with 12 to 20 inches of snow for our area.
We left our house early, so we fared well at the gas pumps with only a few others taking their turn getting gas. We took our gas cans as we would need the gas for the generator if we have power outages. We got enough extra for our snow blower that undoubtedly will get a good work out. We stopped at the grocery store on the way home, so that I could get all the essentials we need, e.g.,, batteries, water, milk, eggs, coffee, oh-- and chocolate! The parking lot was full, and we barely had a place to park -- but I got in and out with no major issues with everything I needed to weather the storm.
With all the blizzard warnings and dismal reports about the storm that was heading our way, I cannot help but mention the beauty of nature that surrounds a storm here in Maine. Yes, we Mainers are resourceful people. A snowstorm to us means a day off from work, a ride on a snowmobile, snow shoeing on trails, time to sit by the wood stove with the family and reflect about the week ahead, fully knowing we will overcome this storm and fair well.
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