Jennifer Bentley of Salem Street was one of the last to get a coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts before it closed at 3:30. She was on the way to pick up her three children, ages 17,14, and 11.
“I decided I’d go out and let my kids have fun now, because they’ll have to be home for the rest of the blizzard,” she said.
Out in West Andover, on Route 133, Barron’s Country Store was one of the few places to stay open after 4, serving grateful snowplow drivers and a handful of neighbors.
“Going home Friday night was brutal. It was like a whiteout. You couldn’t see in front of you,” said Chris Sciarrio, night manager.
He returned on Saturday and said he had to climb over 4 foot snow drifts to get to and from his apartment. During his travels he saw cars buried in snow at the Mobil station pumps on Route 133, which he assumed must have been abandoned during the storm. He also saw a plow buried near West Parish Church, perhaps because a driver pulled over and fell asleep.
“We saw a lot of snowplow drivers in here. No one else was on the road because of the ban,” he said. “All morning long nothing but snowplow drivers. They hadn’t eaten all night.”
Police and Public Works reported no major accidents or emergencies during the height of the storm, as people obeyed the driving ban. By Sunday things were better and people were returning to their normal activities.
Dick Soo Hoo of Wolcott Avenue, Andover Chinese Cultural Exchange president, said ACCE had no problem hosting its New Year celebration on Sunday at China Blossom in North Andover.
“Everyone was saying, ‘the driveway is cleared, so I’m here.’ By Sunday, everyone was back to normal,” Soo Hoo said.