9 Dead in ‘Snowstorm Nemo’ But Goodness Prevails

At least nine people died as a result of another monster winter storm in the northeastern US, but good hearts prevailed in Massachusetts.

Chana Ya'ar,

Plowing a disabled friend's driveway in Lexin
Plowing a disabled friend's driveway in Lexin
courtesy of M. Marshall

At least nine deaths have been directly attributed to “Snowstorm Nemo” - the massive blizzard that struck the Northeastern United States over the weekend, but in the town of Lexington, Massachusetts, good hearts prevailed when a disabled Jewish head of household was unable to clear his driveway.  

One of the dead is an 11-year-old boy in Boston, who suffocated from the emission of toxic gases which were trapped in the passenger section of the vehicle as his  father was trying to keep the car running.  Snow apparently covered the exhaust pipe, preventing the gases from being safely ejected from the vehicle.

Nevertheless, things are slowly improving since the storm passed midday Saturday, despite deaths also reported in  Poughkeepsie, NY, Auburn, NH, and in Massachusetts.

A local ban on driving on roads throughout the state of Massachusetts, imposed by the Masachusetts governor’s office, was lifted by 4:00 p.m.  

Some half a million homes were once again without electricity throughout the northeastern corridor, but this time they were better prepared and had paid attention to the weather reports. 

In the town of Lexington, Massachusetts, neighbors helped each other out, with two men teaming up to dig out a Jewish family whose head of household was ill and unable to do it for himself.

“So grateful for wonderful neighbors with big snowblowers and even bigger hearts,” Myra Marshall told Arutz Sheva on Sunday morning. “Two of the men cleared the drive and a path to the house. I baked chocolate chip cookies to say thank you!”

The pair were equipped with their “Ariens” snowblowers, Marshall went on to say. “It cuts through two feet of snow (60 cm) like it was butter!” she enthused.

The family's nine-year-old "puppy" Randall cut his own path through the snow into the backyard, she added.

About three feet (36 inches) of the white stuff piled up in New Haven, Connecticut, and at least 12 inches (30 cm) or more accumulated around the New York area.

At least two feet (24-26 inches) dropped on Long Island, as well as in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and in New Hampshire.

More than 5,800 flights were cancelled at airports in the region between Friday and Saturday, but by late Saturday night, all had reopened, albeit with some delays.  

“The fear now is what will happen if it rains on Monday,” commented a New Haven resident who requested anonymity. “We’ve already been through Hurricane Sandy, and some of the structures, though they held, are weakened. Will the roof hold up until the pressure of snow, made heavier with rain?  I just don’t know.”