While Boston College students rejoiced at having a rare snow day on Friday, Feb. 8, Boston was hit by a super blizzard named Nemo, which dropped more than 20 inches in the Boston area, and has crippled transportation in the region.
The blizzard, which was the 6th worse storm to ever hit Boston, dropped 21.8 inches according to the most recent measurement. Winds topped 70 m.p.h. in some places. MBTA service was suspended on Friday, and is still shut down through Saturday.
In order to make plowing and snow clearing easier for work crews, Governor Deval Patrick took the unusual step of banning all travel on roads on Friday, saying that people caught could incur a heavy fine or up to a year in jail. The ban is being lifted at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The last time Massachusetts saw a ban like this was during the blizzard of '78.
Travel was disrupted starting Friday, with thousands of flights cancelled in the Northeast. Logan airport are expected to be reopened Saturday night. Over 600,000 people are still without power, including more than 400,000 in Massachusetts.
The fact that this storm was given the name of a popular movie was not lost in social media.