So here comes Nemo.
As the temperatures across the region dropped, roads became increasingly treacherous and utility companies moved thousands of crews into place to deal with the possibility of widespread power outages.
Throughout the day, which for many was a rainy sloshy mess, people rushed to stores to stock up on supplies, drivers lined up at gas stations to fill their tanks and local authorities from New York City to Maine activated their plans to battle the snow as it began to pile up.
With the storm moving up the East and the worst weather not expected until Friday night, Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts took the unusual step of banning all cars from the roads in the state starting at 4 p.m. The governor of Connecticut, Dannel P. Malloy, also ordered all but emergency vehicles off the state’s highways.