Share Your Photos: How Much Snow Do You Have?

Let's measure the blizzard through lawn ornaments!

We at Patch like to have fun – even when we’re covering a story as big as the Blizzard of ’13!

So when the biggest storm in years (potentially in the history of Boston weather) is headed our way, we get into battle mode – and even get a little silly.

That’s what this idea is about – and we want you to take part too!

A fun way we want to track the storm across Massachusetts is through lawn ornaments. They serve a purpose in the spring and summer, but often feel left out in the cold of winter. Not anymore.

We are posting photos of lawn ornaments throughout Massachusetts to highlight snowfall across the commonwealth during and after the storm.

All you need to do is hit the Upload Photos and Videos button and upload your own.

If we’re stuck at home, we might as well have some fun, right? Upload your photos to show us snowfall totals throughout the storm and include information about town, time of day, height of ornament if you have it, etc. Post as many as you want!

Please be careful when taking the photos. Now let’s see those lawn ornaments!

NWBL February 09, 2013 at 04:12 AM
As of 11:00 pm, we have about 16" in N.Waltham. This is going to be huge by tomorrow.
Tina Mqs February 09, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Chad Myers on CNN just mentioned Mansfield Ma with 16 inches. Up to my knees in the driveway.
John Intorcio February 09, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Geeez Paul. That was probably the most bored 1:51 I've spent in my life! Compress that into about 8 seconds and maybe you have something.
Paul Bishop February 09, 2013 at 05:15 AM
More raw timelapse, edited version tomorrow if the power stays on! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeAokBwQS5E
kathy Stevens February 09, 2013 at 05:40 AM
Snow is drifting. Parts of my driveway are bare. Other parts have drifts over two feet.
Fiscal Conservative February 09, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Just Saying: All I want to do is show attitude can either make or break a person during this storm. Many look forward to snow and many fear it. I used to live in the Boston area so I understand the fear. I now live in Northern NE where a storm of this magnitude is welcomed. Yes, there are hazzards to somthing like this, but, waiting until the last minute to prepare, like so many do, is ridiculous. Where I live preparation begins days in advance. Snow started early and plows were on the road right away, clearing. Yes, our population is less which makes things easier. We are also more cautious than Boston residents, we hunker in, so workers can do their jobs. Far too many down your way still drive with no snow tires as if it were summer. I wish everyone well, use common sense when clearing your driveways & walks. Remember, there is nothing we can do regarding Mother Nature. One of the reasons I moved here, instead of the South, is because of the beauty of the change of seasons. 7AM, I'm off to clear things now. I'll take most of the day to do so. No hurry. I also remember how, the Blizzard of '78 people were actually friendly to one another for about a week. That was really nice. Things went back to normal a week later and people went back to the way they were. That's sad.
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 09, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Somebody clear off the Westford Knight, tourist season approacheth.
sunshine February 09, 2013 at 02:42 PM
This is for fun that's why. Want the weather look on tv
sunshine February 09, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I can see what's happening locally. I think its cool to hear from others what's going on in their area.
sunshine February 09, 2013 at 02:46 PM
BTW. Just looked out my window and make was up to my neighbors thighs and they were trying to shovel their way out of the house in Wilmington
Les Masterson (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 03:18 PM
This article is across all Massachusetts sites so readers can share their photos.
Diana February 09, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I'm not sure why every time an article is posted across multiple cities, someone feels the need to complain about it. "Oh noes, I was tricked into reading news and comments about things OUTSIDE OF WESTFORD!!!"
Jennifer van der Kleut February 09, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Awww...poor Grumpy the lawn gnome! Love the photos. - Patch editor from California
Mel Webster February 09, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Somewhere between 24-30 inches in my driveway. hard to tell with all of the drifting.
Mel Webster February 09, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Whoops -- that is my driveway in North Reading.
Harmony February 09, 2013 at 05:59 PM
22.5" in flat spots of my front lawn, drifts up to my truck window! (North Seekonk) 1/2 if my neighbor's tree fell, blocking the road. Everyone's safe, though, and very grateful to have electricity!
Fiscal Conservative February 09, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Spoke to a good friend of mine who lives just south of Boston. He's 87 yrs old and lives by himself. Storms like this do bring out the good in most people, not all though. His neighbor is going to take care of his snow removal, at no cost. This not always the case, where ever you live. There are those who will always try to take advantage of others misery. My daughter, south of Boston, has been trying to get people to plow her short driveway. Anywhere from $100 to $200 for 15 minutes of work. $50 would be reasonable, yet there are those who think nothing of screwing their neighbors. Nothing has changed since I left, long ago. It's also this way where I live, although less population, makes less frequent. Greed, corruption, its everywhere.
Elaine Foley February 09, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I miss seeing Shelby on storm coverage!
Gretchen Robinson February 09, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Geeze, some people will argue about anything!! The weather will do if nothing else presents. I mean who cares if your fish story is 8 inches or less??? What gets me is the one-upsmanship. Egad. And FC, you always seem to have an ax to grind and most of your posts end with 'greed corruption.' Do you lurk on ever patch from here to ME so you can spread your negativity? Hope some of you will lighten up. Snow happens. Snow in our yard is all drifted. I have no clue how deep it is.
Gretchen Robinson February 09, 2013 at 08:33 PM
anyone remember the weather broadcast founder Don Kent?? the "BZ, Weatherbee"? Shelby Scott went on from Don Kent and went out in all weather with a camera crew and a mic. Jim Cantore of the WC showed his equipment on Boston Common yesterday. It was all under a tent. And a van to keep warm in.
Gretchen Robinson February 09, 2013 at 08:42 PM
here's a link to Shelby Scott and the weather broadcasters of the past. For younger posters, Scott was a favorite fixture, always out in the worst of the cold and wind. http://www.massbroadcastershof.org/hof_shelby_scott.htm
Earnhardt February 09, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Greed? Corruption? Nah, it's free enterprise, If you don't want to pay $100.00, free enterprise gives you the option to call someone else. 30 inches here, enjoyed the road closing, Gave us time to sit back and chill and just watch the snow fly. Easy to clean up too. It's all in the memory banks now.
k February 09, 2013 at 11:05 PM
I had the opportunity to take a ride a little while ago around South Attleboro, and KUDOS to all the plow drivers the roads are absolutely fantastic, just up the road in Pawtucket many , many streets not even touched. Again great job to the drivers and Mayor Dumas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Martha Magee February 13, 2013 at 04:50 PM
I'm with FC re the weather thing. What bugs me is how nowadays the media whips everyone into a fear frenzy over the weather. Weather has become sensationalism. It's ridiculous! Where I come from a good blizzard and plenty of snow during the wintertime was something you expected and even hoped for. We rejoiced at it's coming. We listened on the radio hoping to hear our school was closed and 'Hurray" could be heard from children's voices everywhere. We went out in it, walked around in the crunchy white stuff, we shovelled, built snow forts, threw plenty of snowballs and went sledding on the nearest hill with our Flexible Flyers. Everyone seemed to welcome a good snowstorm; the puny ones weren't worth a hoot. Getting snowed in wasnt a bad thing. It was an opportunity for fun, relaxation, togetherness and a little magic. People are stressed out now ( including me). My most magical snow moment was in the mountains of Northern California on New Year's Eve with my friend Kathy and her family when I was about 19 or 20. Major snowfall happening. It was very cold. I heard a jingle of sleighbells outside the door. A horse and sleigh had arrived to take us to the New Years Celebration. We all piled on and that noble animal took us on a joyride I shall never forget, jingling as he went. We were probably singing...cant quite recall. It's my happiest snow memory. Now THAT'S the way to travel! There's a young farmer in Maine who delivers w his horse and cart. Hope to see more of that!
Indiana February 14, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Martha you are spot on! Today's world is all fear mongering by the medias - whether it is sport,politics,weather, etc. My neighborhood everyone helped everyone clean up - piece of cake - shovel snow blow warm up have a drink
Paul Bishop February 15, 2013 at 06:44 AM
Martha, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_2013_nor'easter Eighteen dead. 700,000 without heat and power for days, in temperatures far below freezing. Millions stranded via interrupted travel. One of the top blizzards in terms of single-day snowfall on record. Guess it depends on how it worked out for you personally, huh? I'm pretty sure the families of the eighteen dead wouldn't enjoy your view of attempts at saving lives as "ridiculous" and were not shouting "Hurray, school is closed". Sheesh.
Indiana February 15, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Paul how would you like to live in Chicagoland? 18 dead is a quick lunch hour in that city! I do not think Martha was implying she was happy for the deceased. Sheesh
PREDATOR February 15, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Chicago must be safe....they have the most restrictive guns laws and not a single republican to blame anything on....lol.
Paul Bishop February 15, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Nor do I... please don't suggest I was. As a matter of fact, I lived in Chicago for about half a year, thanks... Mine was simply a reply to her post saying that there is no reason for the media to make a big deal... to link the reality, which is that this storm (and other events) can be deadly and extremely costly. It's not "ridiculous" to warn people of danger, that's all. Sheesh.
PREDATOR February 15, 2013 at 05:44 PM
It seems that this overreaction by the government and the media has the same effect as political correctness. That is to say it makes us numb to words like "racist" and "dangerous conditions".....so that when we really need to be aware of those problems....we don't hear the warning or care.


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