Plenty of notice before 'Nemo' struck

Plenty of notice before 'Nemo' struck

Predicted a good five days before it arrived, the Blizzard of '13, dubbed "Nemo" by the Weather Channel, lived up to its hype: Snow piled 27 inches high in places driven by wind gusts of 65 miles per hour that reminded many of the Blizzard of '78.

In preparation, most schools had canceled classes that Friday, Feb. 8, and employers gave employees the day off or sent them home early.

As the snow started swirling, most northern Rhode Islanders were tucked away at home while outside the wind was howling and even a rare lightning storm ripped the sky.

The night saw power lines begin to fall, plunging 187,000 residents into a chilly darkness.

Although a weekend event, in some communities, school systems were still closed three days later because larger plow trucks were needed to rid school lots of the snow.