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Advance planning helps Mass. avoid worst from epic snowstorm

THE DIGGING out may still seem too burdensome, the concern for those who still lack power too pressing, the shock over reports of carbon-monoxide deaths too fresh to concentrate on the vast extent to which the preparations for an epic snowstorm paid off. But the fact that so many people are already getting back to work this morning, just two days after the system dumped 30 or more inches of snow in some areas, attests to the amazing work of thousands of meteorologists, snowplow operators, police and firefighters, utility workers, and elected officials.

This snowstorm, which is already becoming known as the Blizzard of 2013, will take its place alongside the Hurricane of 1938 and the Blizzard of 1978 in Massachusetts weather annals. But when people tell their grandchildren about this one, it probably will not be the harrowing old saga of stranded commuters, seaside communities caught unawares, families huddling without supplies, and local monuments toppling under the wrath of Mother Nature. The disruptions caused by this storm are still significant for areas that suffered from flooding and major power outages. But in general, the storm was handled well enough to put the grandchildren to sleep.

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