How does the Blizzard of Feb. 1, 2015, compare with those of previous decades to hit the Dorchester area?
For those old enough to remember more than five decades or more, this one probably cracks the top 20 list. It doesn't match the severity of the blizzard of Christmas 2009, or the blizzard of 1978, as was mentioned on our Facebook page earlier today. It certainly doesn't touch the blizzards of the 1950s that made Nebraska look like Antarctica.
Still, this storm is going to be talked about for a while, if only for the fact that the weather experts were forecasting only 1-3 inches just a few hours before the first flakes fell on Saturday, Jan. 31.
We are told many of Dorchester's streets are still impassable and that the county roads are just plain treacherous. Howling northwest winds are drifting shut passages that were opened just minutes earlier.
Because you should be staying put until conditions are safe, here are some of the pictures of the Dorchester area today that we've found on Facebook, and others that were e-mailed to the Times. (Click on each picture for a better view.)