Originally Posted by nhmtns
Meanwhile, people out west are laughing at the all out panic taking place on the east coast over 1'-2' feet of snow. Grocery stores are out of food and gas stations' tanks are empty. Ridiculous.
Well there's also supposed to be 25-30 mph winds with gusts up to 60mph (in CT). Maybe not hurricane strength, but in conjuction with snow, it could do some significant damage to power lines. Around me, people love their trees so much and don't want the road edges to be cleared, so trees overhang powerlines even on major roads. Both Sandy and Irene dropped a whole bunch of trees just on my road. After Sandy, I actually couldn't go more than 100 yards out of my driveway in either direction without hitting a big tree on one side or a downed power line on the other.
It's also below freezing, so it's probably a good idea to have a generator at least to heat the house to keep the pipes from freezing. We don't have one.