Storm Strikes New England, Skips New York

Donovan was awake this morning at 4 a.m. to determine if there was enough snow on the ground to tell the district's superintendent to cancel school.

"I woke up, and there was nothing on the ground," he said.

As for the kids, he said, "Oh, yeah, they'll be disappointed. They love a snow day."

Tom Kines, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, cautioned against swearing off weather forecasts based on one bum prediction.

"It is amazing how often we're right about weather," he said. "In New York, we were only predicting about 3 inches of snow, not a foot, and Boston got hit."

In Boston, 180 schools were closed by 6:45 a.m., according to the Boston Globe.

Shovels have been selling briskly all day at Economy Hardware and Homesware in Boston, said store manager Joe Baroletti.

"We've probably sold 20 shovels since we opened," he said Monday afternoon.

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