Snowstorm effects on Network Utilization?

A major snowstorm hit the Northeastern US yesterday and today,
causing many businesses to close, particularly in the Boston
area. I was just wondering about what effect this has on
network utilization on backbone links in the northeast.

* Does it decrease because fewer people have access to high-speed
   internet access?
* Does it increase because many people get on the Internet at home?

I would expect that many more people would telecommute during these
events, causing high utilization on RAS systems. But would that
translate into higher backbone link utilization, since most of the
traffic would be local?