Reuters photoWe didn't have to wait very long for the first big storm of 2014 to hit New England. Winter storm Hercules [seriously- how long have we been naming winter storms?- NANESB!] dumped two feet of snow on eastern Massachusetts followed by subzero temperatures. The storm also was blamed on thousands of cancelled flights from airports Boston to Cleveland as well as at least 15 deaths throughout the Midwest and Northeast. In Massachusetts, the National Guard was activated in case evacuations of any coastal areas were necessary.
Soldiers and Airmen from the Massachusetts National Guard preparing vehicles to check on roads and bridges in eastern Massachusetts ahead of the arrival of 65th Public Affairs Operation Center
In addition to the nearly two feet of snowfall in some areas, the National Weather Service has said windchill would bring temperatures down into the -20s with what forecasters are describing as an 'Arctic Blast' before temperatures get back into the 20s and 30s. Many forecasts are also predicting rain over much of the northeastern USA over the next few days.
Surprisingly, the Berkshires and western Massachusetts got off relatively light, averaging about 9 inches in Pittsfield and North Adams.