Massachusetts endures another winter storm
Feb. 03, 2015
BOSTON (AP) — Just a week after a blockbuster blizzard dropped up to 3 feet of snow in some part of Massachusetts, another winter storm dropped 1½ feet more in many areas Monday.
Wind-blown snow started falling in the early morning hours and continued into the evening before winding down.
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, saying there was still too much snow removal ahead, canceled school for Tuesday and delayed a downtown Super Bowl parade for the New England Patriots until Wednesday.
"We look forward to celebrating with Patriots fans during better weather on Wednesday," the mayor said in a statement.
Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday night that nonessential state agency workers were to report to their jobs at 11 a.m. Tuesday to allow more time for clearing roads. He did not order a driving ban on nonessential travel Monday, as he had during the previous storm. Some people tried to make it to work early, jamming highways with slow-moving traffic. No major accidents were reported.
National Weather Service forecaster Bill Simpson said Monday night that snowfall approached 18 inches in the greater Boston area.
By early evening, Lunenburg in central Massachusetts had more than 20 inches and Ludlow 17 inches, according to unofficial snowfall totals reported by the National Weather Service. Lunenburg was one of a handful of Massachusetts communities that got 3 feet of snow during the last storm.
In southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, where warmer temperatures brought sleet, rain, and slush, drivers were warned to watch for icy roads as temperatures dropped below freezing.
Arctic air is expected to follow the storm, with wind chills ranging from zero to minus 20 on Tuesday.
In Weymouth, a woman died when she was struck by a plow in the parking lot of her condo complex, the Norfolk district attorney's office said.
The MBTA was operating, although with delays, while buses were being rerouted. The MBTA said riders should be prepared for more delays as the cold continues Tuesday.
Dozens of flights in and out of Logan International Airport were canceled, although two runways remained open, and the New England Patriots and others made it home from the Super Bowl.
The good news was that power outages were minimal, according to the state Emergency Management Agency.
Not everyone was grumpy about having to shovel out again.
"It doesn't bother me at all," Tony Troc of Whitman said Monday after clearing about 8 inches of snow from his driveway before moving on to a neighbor's house. "If I didn't like it, I'd be in Florida."