Thoughts On The Snowstorm In Bourne

14" Of Powder On Mount Bourne! 

Bourne suffered through her first blizzard since last year in fine style. No one lost power for very long, coastal flooding was kept to a minimum, and everything was relatively cleaned up in a day or so.

The only complaints we're hearing regard plowing and schools.

Bourne was one of the few and proud who did not cancel schools. It was a risky move, as it snowed heavily all day, and several inches were on the ground for the treacherous ride home. There was no bloody school bus accident to report, but the odds for one were raised mightily by the decision to hold classes that day.

Also, Bourne closed for Christmas vacation, had the kids come back for one day, and then closed on Friday. That's bad educationally, and it's bad maintenance-wise. I personally called no school/all school at about 11 AM, did some early dismissal, and took my kid sledding. I'm sure that I did the right thing.

I like starting summer as early as possible, and I am sympathetic to the schools and their administrators. I also realize that many parents were counting on school being in session, and were spared ditching two days of work by school being in session on Thursday. However, I know that I am not alone in questioning the decision to open schools on Thursday.

The plows were out in force, though the Bourne Bridge was close to impassable at 7 AM when I was out and about. Given how hard it was snowing, noting that there were a few inches of snow on the Bourne Bridge at 7 AM is actually sort of praising the plow crews. Some side streets looked like Call Of The Wild, but you could move around well enough on the main streets once the snow stopped.

We showed some Plow Love in the picture above. We also have Bourne Bridge 24 Hour Taxi in there. If you work locally and don't want to risk wrecking your car, never be afraid to cab it there.

As for snowfall totals, Bourne officially (meaning "National Weather Service") got 14". As for other local snowfall totals, Sandwich also had 14", while crossing the border into Plymouth got you into the 15.5" territory. Brewster ruled the Cape at 16". Boxford ruled the state at 23.8".

I'm not sure if this was a technical blizzard. We were under a Blizzard Warning, but I think we at least had blizzard conditions. Blizzards, and I quote Wikipedia, "have sustained winds or frequent gusts that are greater than or equal to 56 km/h (35 mph) with blowing or drifting snow which reduces visibility to 400 m or 0.25 mi or less and must last for a prolonged period of time – typically three hours or more."

This picture below is pretty good example of reduced visibility. That's the Bourne Bridge rotary, with a flashing-lights police car in the background. I was shooting from the old Tedeschi's parking lot, on the State Police side of the property. The police officer was on the near side of the rotary to me, by the gas station. About half of my trip up the Scenic Highway had worse visibility than that, but I was kind of busy to be working the camera.

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