Boston Buried by Snow Again as ‘Absurd’ Winter Drags On –

Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Boston is buried again.

The city was hammered Monday by its third winter storm in two weeks, and records fell with the snow.

Counting the 20 inches of snow that had fallen at Logan International Airport since late Saturday, there was 37 inches on the ground, beating a 1996 record for the greatest snow depth in Boston.

Over the past 30 days, Boston has recorded more than 69 inches of snow, easily topping the previous record of 58.8 inches from Jan. 9 to Feb. 7, 1978. And with a month and a half of winter still to go, this season is already one of the city’s 10 snowiest winters on record, at 73.9 inches and counting, the National Weather Service said. City officials said crews have used up almost 58,000 tons of salt already this season.

The National Weather Service forecast as much as 3 feet of snow across the state by Tuesday night, when the storm is expected to clear.

IMAGE: Massachusetts weather mapNational Weather Service

“We’ve never seen the likes of this here in Boston,” Mayor Marty Walsh said. “We’ve gotten whacked pretty good over the last, literally, 13 days.”

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a statewide emergency to speed the state’s response.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, also called the T, said all subway, trolley and light rail service would cease at 7 p.m. Monday through Tuesday because of accumulating snow on the tracks — a repeat of suspensions and delays that frustrated officials during last week’s storm.

Baker called transit problems “simply not acceptable” and said that because of the MBTA’s announcement, non-essential state workers in Boston and its four adjoining counties should stay home Tuesday. “Once it stops snowing, we plan to have a long conversation with the folks at the T about improving performance,” he told reporters Monday afternoon.

Walsh, who closed schools again through Tuesday, also encouraged people to stay off the roads to let snowplows clear the streets — no easy task during the onslaught. Boston had more than 600 pieces of equipment out removing snow.

“Just when we start to get ahead of the intersections, start to open them up, we get belted with another storm,” he told reporters.

Meanwhile, more than 560 arrivals and departures were canceled at Logan airport Monday. But other places shared the misery, too. Snow was falling at midafternoon across almost all of New York state and across all six states of New England. Somerset, Vermont, had 14 inches, and Amsterdam, New York, had 13.8 inches.

Forecasters warned that ice accumulation was possible in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

The snow was expected to move out by early Tuesday — but two more possible storms were on the way. It was too soon for forecasters to know for sure, but they said a winter storm expected on Thursday could be a big headache for the Northeast.

That was to be accompanied by the coldest air of the season — wind chills of 10 to 30 below zero from New York northward.

“It’s just becoming absurd at this point,” said Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel.


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