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US Northeast digs out from latest winter storm

US Northeast's record-breaking winter goes on; Boston-area transit system grinds to halt

Susan Hartnett shovels snow from the roof of her Beacon Hill home Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Boston. A long duration winter storm that began Saturday ni...
Icicles hang from a home, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Utica, N.Y. The third major winter storm in less than two weeks inflicted fresh snow across New Eng...

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Susan Hartnett shovels snow from the roof of her Beacon Hill home Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Boston. A long duration winter storm that began Saturday ni...

APTOPIX Winter Weather

Icicles hang from a home, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Utica, N.Y. The third major winter storm in less than two weeks inflicted fresh snow across New Eng...

BOSTON (AP) -- A relentless storm that dumped more than two feet (60 centimeters) of snow on some parts of the U.S. Northeast was finally expected to wind down on Tuesday but not before bringing the Boston-area public transit system to its knees and forcing some communities to consider dumping piles of snow into the ocean to help relieve clogged streets.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker gave another day off to non-emergency state workers who live in the hardest hit areas of the state and the mayor of Boston said schools would remain closed for another day. The storm on top of two others that hit recently has shattered snowfall records for a 30-day period in the city.

Boston and areas south were hardest hit, with the National Weather Service reporting unofficial measurements of 26.5 inches (67.3 centimeters) in Weymouth

Boston set a record for the most snow recorded in a 30-day period, with 61.6 inches (156.5 centimeters) by Monday morning, breaking the record of 58.8 inches (149.35 centimeters) set in February 1978.

To make matters worse, forecasters said more snow was possible on Thursday.

Boston-area subways, trolleys and commuter rail trains ground to a halt at 7 p.m. Monday and were scheduled to remain idle on Tuesday, with only limited bus service continuing. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said it needed the break to clear snow and ice from tracks and to assess equipment damaged by the spate of storms.

Baker said he was frustrated by the problems on the MBTA, the nation's oldest transit system, and promised a "long conversation" with T officials on how to improve matters once the weather subsides.

Amtrak canceled portions of its passenger train service linking upstate New York to New York City because of the storm Monday and hundreds of flights were canceled at New England airports. Officials at Boston's Logan International Airport said they hoped normal passenger service would resume by midday Tuesday.

A 60-year-old man who had just finished work at a supermarket bakery in Medford, Massachusetts, was struck in a parking lot by a private snow plowing truck Monday and died after being taken to a hospital, authorities said. Police interviewed the driver of the snow plow but no charges were immediately filed..

Massachusetts environmental officials gave cities and towns with no place else to put accumulating snow the green light to dump some into the ocean or other bodies of water if necessary.

The Department of Environmental Protection on Monday cited the challenges involved in getting rid of the historic snowfalls. Local communities may seek permission to take emergency steps that allow disposal of snow into open water, which is normally prohibited.

Massachusetts emergency management officials urged residents and business owners to take steps to clear snow from roofs vulnerable to collapse under the weight of the snow. Several partial roof collapses were reported on Monday.

Two high-profile Massachusetts trials have been further delayed by the snow. State court officials said testimony in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez would not resume until Wednesday. Jury selection for the federal trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, also was called off on Tuesday.

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Associated Press writers Amy Crawford in Westborough, Massachusetts; William J. Kole, Mark Pratt, Rodrique Ngowi, Steve LeBlanc and Philip Marcelo in Boston; and Rik Stevens in Concord, New Hampshire, contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-09-17 11:39 GMT+08:00