Storm hits with heavy snowfall, power outages

As the storm rages, 250,000 power outages have occurred, and some towns asked residents in coastal areas to evacuate.

Boston, MA--2/8/2013 Blair Holbrook (cq) skiing down Cambridge Street on Friday February 8 2013. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: 09storm Reporter:

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A person skied down Cambridge Street on Friday.

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Two people crossed the street in near whiteout conditions.

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A pedestrian made his way through driving snow with a broken umbrella in the Back Bay.

QUINCY, MA--February 8, 2013---Globe Staff photo by Stan Grossfeld---A motorist gets out of his car along Quincy Shore Drive and takes a cell phone photo at near whiteout conditions from drifting snow along the seawall just before vehicles were banned due to blizzard conditions

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A man took a photo of the storm on Quincy Shore Drive.

East Boston, MA--2/8/2013 Peter Simons (cq), 65, waiting for his flight to Paris, France stranded in the International Terminal E at Logan Airport on Friday February 8 2013. Simons is homeless and looking to get out of Boston after getting robbed three times since his arival in October. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: 09storm Reporter:

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A man was stranded in the International Terminal E at Logan Airport.

Boston-02/08/13-People run to one of the last buses to stop around 3:15 at the Copley Square, bus stop as snow from the blizzard picks up. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (metro)

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People ran in Copley Square.

A couple walks down the illuminated, snow-covered Commonwealth Avenue Mall in Boston, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency Friday and banned travel on roads as of 4 p.m. as a blizzard that could bring nearly 3 feet of snow to the region began to intensify. As the storm gains strength, it will bring

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The Commonwealth Avenue Mall was covered in snow.

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Post Office Square was eerily quiet

02/08/2013 NEWBURYPORT, MA A man walked along Washington Street (cq) as a winter storm, expected to dump as much as 24 inches of snow in the region, intensified in Newburyport. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

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A man walked along Washington Street in Newburyport.

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 08: A man operates a snowlower in the Back Bay neighborhood on February 8, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Massachusetts and other states from New York to Maine are preparing for a major blizzard with possible record amounts of snowfall in some areas. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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A man operates a snowlower in the Back Bay.

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The Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant in South Boston was busy as people crowded in.

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People found a way to have fun in the storm in Quincy.

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The Mass. Pike, normally a bane of commuters on Friday afternoons, was almost completely empty.

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After the 4 p.m. driving ban, some resorted to other modes of transportation.

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The longtime South Boston tradition of saving parking spaces began early.

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Strong winds turned an umbrella inside out in downtown Boston.

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Governor Patrick announced a state of emergency and vehicle ban for the state.

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// Graphic: Wind speed in your town

This graphic tracks the projected wind speed for Massachusetts towns during the snowstorm.

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// Power outages

See where the storm has knocked out power in Massachusetts.

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// Check the snowfall totals

This map shows the snowfall totals from the storm hitting the Northeast.

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Tips on how to handle the blizzard of 2013

Shoveling slowly, not bringing grills indoors, and setting your fridge to its coldest setting could help you weather the storm better.

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