If You Live on the East Coast, It's Snowing And You Probably Don't Have Power

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The storm currently making it's way through the east coast knocked power out for more than half a million people across eight states, and some places have snow drifts that go well above your chest. This storm is real people. 

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So, yeah, if you can read this you're either somewhere safe and far away from the storm, or you're not one of the over 650,000 people spread across New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Vermont without power. Good for you, and hear's hoping you stay with us for the rest of the day. 

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Massachusetts has seen some of the worst of the storm so far. Of the power outages, 400,000 are in the bay state. There's a driving ban in place for all of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Mass transit in Boston has been suspended until plows try and clear some of the snow. It's hard, though, when some ares saw as much as 30 inches of snowfall. It's going to be a slowly progressing morning because of high winds. The storm has mostly subsided, but another five inches will fall by midday in some places making it that much harder for plows to get on the roads. 

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This is still developing, but flooding in Massachusets is becoming a real problem. The National Weather Service reports flooding "all along the east coast." These are the areas affected: Barnstable; Dukes; Eastern Essex; Eastern Norfolk; Eastern Plymouth; Nantucket; Suffolk. 

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Some of the pictures coming in from the storm are, to be frank, bonkers. Look at this Connecticut family's front door:

In other news, this is my parent's front door in CT. Unreal. twitter.com/CopaCavanna/st…

— Alan Cavanna (@CopaCavanna) February 9, 2013

Or maybe you were thinking of leaving the house in Long Island, New York today: 

Over 2 feet of snow. No way out of the house LOL. #nemo #blizzard #kingspark #longisland #ny twitter.com/POHRENKENS/sta…

— Elaine (@POHRENKENS) February 9, 2013

New York's Central Park saw about a foot of snow, which just makes it this friggin' pretty: 

Strawberry Fields @centralparknyc this morning. @nydailynews @nbcnewyork #nemo twitter.com/RachHadley/sta…

— Rachel Hadley (@RachHadley) February 9, 2013

If you do have to leave the house, please be careful. If a snowdrift looks too big to drive through, it probably is. Or, alternatively, if the storm is still raging where you are maybe just stay inside. Too many people abandoned their cars yesterday: 

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Seriously, too many:

Stranded cars on Long Island. bit.ly/Z1Cqoz (Photo: Newsday/John Paraskevas)yfrog.com/oe6x6qp

— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) February 9, 2013

Digging that out isn't going to be fun, and it makes it difficult for plows trying to clear the roads. If you do have to leave the house, please consider that the roads are icy and caution is a must. It's going to be easy to slide off the road: 

RT @adrianasdiaz Be careful in the #Blizzard. This taxi just crashed into the building across the street from me. twitter.com/adrianasdiaz/s…

— Nina L. Diamond (@ninatypewriter) February 9, 2013

If you absolutely must leave the house, getting creative about your transportation options is highly encouraged: 

If you can't drive, it's time to get creative. Man skis his way through the streets of #Boston #blizzard2013 #nemo twitter.com/nowthisnews/st…

— NowThis News (@nowthisnews) February 9, 2013

It's best to just stay inside where it's warm and snuggly

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Unfortunately barbecuing probably isn't an option today:

Snow gets grilled. Montclair, NJ. #thissuburbanlife twitter.com/carr2n/status/…

— david carr (@carr2n) February 9, 2013

If you're still wondering what to call this storm, we whole heartedly endorse the suggestion from Danbury, Connecticut mayor Mark Boughton: Snowtorious B.I.G. 

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