Southern New Englanders make the best of storm
NORTON, Mass. —
The snow that fell in Norton on Thursday night was perfect for making great snowballs.
But not all surrounding towns in the area will be able to engage in snowball fights. The odd thing about the nor'easter is the difference in snow accumulations from town to neighboring town was quite drastic.
Some communities didn't get much in the way of snow accumulation, while others were plowing.
Paul Casavant is a contracted plow truck driver for the state of Massachusetts.
"Pawtucket had no snow at all, and Mansfield had 4 to 5 inches. North Attleborough had 4 to 5 inches," Casavant said.
And with the snow and wind still blowing, plow operators like Casavant were busy all night.
"We're trying to stay ahead of it, but we're expecting to get whacked later on tonight. They said about 8 inches for North Attleborough, so we're ready," Casavant said.
But at about 7 p.m., Casavant reported that the snow hadn't been sticking to North Attleborough roads yet.
When asked if he thought the reason it wasn't sticking was his salting and sanding, the veteran driver laughed, saying, "Possibly!"
Just down the road, NBC 10 found 7-year-old Jacob McGrath hard at work.
"Ugh, ugh, ugh," the first grader said as he was towing a massive yellow tube up a hill by the handle.
When asked, "Do you think you're going to make it?" The snow-covered youngster grunted, "Yes. I'm going to go again."
McGrath spent the entire night sledding with his dad.
"A couple times we sledded sideways, and then we started two lines (in the snow), so we tried to go farther than that," McGrath said.
He said he would try to beat his own record. He said his next run would be the one where he made a longer track with his two-seated tube.
The next run was the money run for he and his dad.
Together the two managed to eclipse their last long slide, and even smoothed some new track for the next run.
NBC 10 asked the grade-schooler, "Tell me what the best part of sledding is, and then tell me what the worst part of sledding is."
To that, Jacob said, "Um, the flipping over part is the best part."
When asked, "what's the worst?" he answered, "walking back up the hill."
The first grader, who was already up past his bed time, is now hoping for a snow day on Friday.
"Woo!" he screamed as he slid down the slope one, final time.
In Plainville, many adults said no to the snow and gathered inside the Chieftain Pub to warm up.
"A little Irish coffee to keep you warm is great. I love it. But it's very nice to have everybody here, in one place," regular customer Julie Wright of Mansfield said.
Chieftain Pub co-owner Mary Cahill is an Irish native who has the perfect recipe for warming her customers. It's called a hot whiskey and most people who visit for a fix don't drink just one.
"It's a hot whiskey and people take it for if they have a cold, or if they feel cold. And a couple of them can make you really feel better," Cahill said with a devilish smile in a thick Irish brogue.
And just in case you're wondering, Cahill was willing to share the ingredients for her magic potion.
At the Chieftain Pub, this Irish cure is made with a clove-stuffed lemon, brown sugar, Powers Irish whiskey, hot water, and a little splash of love.
"Years ago, back in the day, they just didn't go to the doctor, they'd go to the pub and they'd ask for a hot whiskey and they felt better straight away," Cahill said.