Storm Leaves Northeast Under Up to 40 Inches of Snow

Kids having fun in the snow in Boston, Massachusetts

Monday turned out to be another day of sledding, tobogganing and snowboarding for kids in Boston, Massachusetts.

Classes at all of Boston’s public schools were canceled, after a winter storm left the city buried under nearly 25 inches of snow.

But Boston got off easy compared with other communities.

Hamden, Connecticut, got 40 inches!

And 30-inch totals were reported from New York to Maine.

So kids across much of the northeastern United States got Monday off.

New York City got off relatively easy – about 11 inches.

“We certainly avoided the worst of it,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to USA Today.

But east of the city, the snow was so deep that people were forced to abandon their cars on the Long Island Expressway during the storm.

“We’ve never seen anything like this,” said Steve Bellone, the county executive in Suffolk County, New York, according to Time Magazine.

(Suffolk County is located on the eastern part of Long Island, which was the part of New York that got hit the hardest.)

And in many places, the wind made it even worse.

Gusts of up to 84 miles an hour were reported on Cuttyhunk Island in Massachusetts.

That’s as strong as a hurricane.

Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses lost their electricity because of the wind and snow – nearly half-a-million in Massachusetts alone, according to Reuters news service.

And officials say a lot of people might not get their power back for days.

The blizzard was blamed for at least 12 deaths as of Sunday night, according to published reports – five in Connecticut, three in Massachusetts, three in New York and one in Maine.

But fortunately, most of the New York and New Jersey communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy missed the worst of the storm.

And in a lot of communities, it was just an excuse to have fun.

For 10-year-old Josh Kirschner of White Plains, New York, that meant sledding.

“What do I like about sledding?  It depends on what we’re doing,” he told Newsday, one of the local newspapers in White Plains.  “If we’re going down a really steep hill, it’s fun to go with multiple people.  But if we’re going on a bumpy one, it’s good to go alone.”

However, Josh’s dad, Ken Kirschner, reportedly had another snow-related activity in mind for Josh.

Shoveling.