NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.


Photo of the outside of the fitness center. Ground has a thin layer of snow. Thare are two trees with no leaves in front of the building.Photo by Brennan Cooney

The sun breaks out over the sports and fitness center following the large storm system

Heavy snow causes power outages and closes schools

NECC was eerily quiet as students filtered in for evening classes on Monday.  Where, usually, one entire complement of students would be traded for another, the cancelling of day classes due to  inclement weather meant that the Haverhill campus was uncharacteristically still.  Fresh, perfectly flat snow covered the quad, radiant in the evening sun as the quiet of a sleeping forest began to be interrupted by cars and trucks arriving as campus opened.

Photo of the editor in chef, Brennan Cooney standing in front of a mound of snow.Photo by Brennan Cooney

Northern Essex was far from the only quiet campus as a result of this winter storm, which swept across Massachusetts March 3 and 4.  Haverhill public schools were also closed, among many other institutions as towns grappled with mounds of  heavy, wet snow. reports that Logan Airport’s official snowfall came in at 10.6 inches, although the snow exceeded a foot in areas along the North Shore. The snow got as high as 14 inches in Peabody, according to CBS Boston. WCVB reports that as many as 60,000 customers were without power as a result of this storm. As March gets rolling and thoughts turn to spring, the longer days and warmer sun will be a big comfort.  But we are far from out of the proverbial woods yet.