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'Absolutely beautiful' scene in Connecticut town hit by more than three feet of snow

NBC's Ron Allen joins Lester Holt with the latest from Connecticut, a state that had some of the highest snow totals.

The town of Hamden, Connecticut, saw one of the highest snowfall totals from the storm, according to the National Weather Service.


The storm dumped 40 inches, the weather service said, the highest total recorded. Milford, Connecticut, was nearly as snowy at 38 inches.

Harry Gagliardi Jr., a Hamden district representative, woke to find an “absolutely beautiful” scene.

“I’m just looking outside now. I didn’t realize how much snow there is,” he said, saying it had covered a four-foot wall just outside his house.

“The winds are blowing, but it doesn’t seem to be too bad right now,” he said, adding that the snow appeared to have stopped although it was being picked up by the wind.

Speaking just after 7 a.m. ET, Gagliardi said he lived on a hill and, from that vantage point, said “it doesn’t look like anybody is going up or down.”


He was one of tens of thousands of customers affected by power failures in the region. “We lost power for about two hours last night, then it came back on,” he added.

“It’s beautiful to look at, but it’s going to be a pain to clean up,” he said. “Where are we going to put all this snow?”

In addition to snarling roads and cutting power, the snow has also caused a problem for his dog Heidi, Gagliardi said. “I have a small dog that needs to go out shortly,” he said.

Baby due Sunday
Joe DeMartino and his wife Michelle, of Fairfield, Conn., were hoping they did not experience a rather more serious problem as they are expecting their first baby Sunday, The Associated Press reported.

"It adds an element of excitement,” she said.

Her husband had stocked up on gas and food, got firewood ready and was installing a baby seat in the car. The couple also packed for the hospital. "They say that things should clear up by Sunday. We're hoping that they're right," he said.

NBC station WHDH showed film from Foxboro in Massachusetts, where correspondent Nicole Oliverio filed a report while sitting down as she struggled to walk in snow shoes. There was laughter in the studio when she finally managed to get to her feet.

Some were delighted by the chance to get out in the snow.

When told an estimated 8 to 10 inches of snow was predicted overnight at Elk Mountain in Uniondale, Pennsylvania, eight-year-old skier Sophia Chesner's eyes grew wide, Reuters reported.

"Whoa!" said the 8-year-old from Moorestown, New Jersey, who was on a ski vacation with her family.

Sled race postponed
Her sister, Giuliana, 4, said no matter how good the skiing was, she had other priorities once the snow piled up. "First thing I'm going to do is build a snowman and look for a Sasquatch footprint," Guiliana Chesner said.

But it was too much for organizers of the country's championship sledding race, which had been scheduled to get underway in Camden, Maine, on Saturday.

They postponed the event – which will feature some 400 teams -- by one day.

"As soon as the weather clears on Saturday and it is safe, the toboggan committee will be out at Tobogganville cleaning up the chute as quickly as they can," said Holly Edwards, chairwoman of the U.S. National Toboggan Championships. "It needs to be shoveled out by hand."

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Hartford, Connecticut Mayor Pedro Segarra joins MSNBC's Alex Witt to discuss heavy snows in his city where overnight they saw four inches of snow falling per hour.

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