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No major incidents despite a foot of wet snow

January 15, 2011

Photo By Brett Warnke

NARRAGANSETT/WAKEFIELD–At the beginning of Snow, a novel by Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk's book, he writes of a Turkish passenger, "The silence of snow, thought the man sitting just behind the bus driver. If this were the beginning of a poem, he would have called the thing he felt inside the silence of snow."

South County, too, felt the same stillness on Wednesday as storm conditions drove many into their homes to await clearer skies. Streets were deserted, gas stations closed, Starbuck's was abandoned, and Thai Pepper gave up hope for patrons until Thursday morning. According to Phil's Diner's staff (who worked through the storm) customer traffic, if it came at all, arrived in infrequent spurts.

One shoveler Thursday morning faced a deep pack of snow blocking the entrance to Wakefield Optical. Choosing not to be identified, she laughed about the week's weather saying, "I can't believe I have to do this after yesterday!" The previous day, her wooded property was buried as precipitation fell mid-morning. Asked how she spent her day off, she shook her head and dipped her scoop into the glistening snow and said, "Clearing snow. All day. Just clearing snow."

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