Those 70-degree days of late February were just a tease. It seems Mother Nature is not feeling as hospitable toward New England this month.
Crews across eastern Massachusetts are digging cities and towns out again after the third nor’easter in two weeks – which combined have dumped nearly three feet of snow and left thousands without power for days – and by this Wednesday, the general feeling was, "Enough already."
The first nor’easter, which struck the region on March 2, didn’t bring much snow. And the snow that did arrive was at least light and fluffy and easy to shovel. But it did have strong winds and lots of flooding, causing widespread devastation along the coast.
The second storm snuck up on us late last week and dumped about a foot of snow inland and about nine inches along the shore. And that snow was wet, heavy and dangerous to shovel. The storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes in Massachusetts, and some power outages lasted until Sunday.
Georgetown, with its own light department, seemed to fare better than other communities, as far as the length of those power outages went.
On Monday night, Selectmen Chair Joseph Bonavita praised Light Department, Highway Department, police and fire departments and other town agencies for their hard work after that storm.
"Congratulations to everybody in town who worked together and really helped the town get back online, I thought extremely quickly," Bonavita said. "We were looking at possibly 72 hours – we got some notification about that – and 72 hours quickly became probably less than 24. For some others in town it took a little over 24 hours."
But hold on. Mother Nature wasn’t done with us yet.
Holding true to the old saying that "March comes in like a lion, out like a lamb," in the early hours of Tuesday morning, a third nor’easter – complete with blizzard warnings and school closings – stalked into New England and delivered a beastly 14 inches of new snow. School was closed on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Town offices and many businesses were as well.
Fortunately, that snow was light and dry and much easier to clear off the roadways. While there were a couple hundred power outages affecting Georgetown and neighboring communities, power was restored relatively quickly. And once again, residents stayed off the roads and plows and power crews stayed on them, making for an easier clean-up and restoration.
Georgetown Police Chief Donald Cudmore may have summed it up best late Tuesday afternoon and the storm delivered its final punches:
"Storm is going well with no power outages at this time. [Highway Department Director] Peter Durkee is attempting to keep up with the snowfall. Some trees are down, but we are handling it."