Snow in Boston almost changes local college students' plans

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- We've had a really nice winter with warm temperatures, but some of our friends up North were not so lucky this week.

States like Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut reported at least 2 feet of snow. More than 630,000 customers are without power and six states have declared a state of emergency and all this is happening as a group of college kids from USC Aiken visited Boston.

Now, they are ready to get out of the cold.

"I'm done with this cold," said Ahmed Samaha, who works for the University.

Samaha is currently in Boston with a group of college students participating in a college exchange program. The group of 15 arrived Thursday night before the storm hit, but when the snow started falling Friday, Samaha started getting worried.

"It was a little nerve-wracking Friday night, trying to make sure all the students were in the right places," Samaha said.

But not everyone in the group got scared when the snow started falling.

"It wasn't anything new to me. I'm really used to snow," said Tomas Greizinger, an international student from Slovakia.

He says the winter months are filled with snow in his hometown, but one thing did rattle his cage.

"The wind made it more scary than the usual snow fall," Greizinger said.

The wind was blowing at speeds as high as 75 miles per hour. Massachusetts banned all unnecessary driving and the governor even sent out help.

"The State Police and the National Guard have been out in force and working in tandem. Helping 50 people stuck on ramps last night. They even delivered a baby in Wochester," said Gov. Patrick.

Another student with the group who visited to Boston last year says he never imagined this.

"Not anything like that. I've been up north skiing before, but this is something else. To go from no snow to over 2 feet of snow in less than 24 hours was absolutely crazy," said the student.

Even though all the snow blew in, they're just glad things didn't turn out worse. They said they were grateful to be coming home and didn't have to be one of the half million flights that were canceled in airports like New York, Boston and elsewhere.

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