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Forecast snowstorm fizzles in Boston

Little fell in state after predictions of several inches

A man fished in Houghton's Pond in Milton today, as a winter storm left much less precipitation than was forecast.

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A man fished in Houghton's Pond in Milton today, as a winter storm left much less precipitation than was forecast.

Bostonians looking for a winter wonderland were disappointed yet again yesterday, as a weather system that had potential to drop several inches flaked out.

The storm, if you could call it that, dropped only a trace of snow on Boston and ended by about 2 p.m., said Kim Buttrick, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton. The storm veered to the southeast, missing the mainland and lowering snow totals, Buttrick said.

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Southeast Massachusetts got the most precipitation in the state, with 1 to 2 inches. An inch was reported in Sandwich, Buttrick said.

Boston has had only 7.8 inches of snow this season, compared with 71.2 inches recorded by this date last year, Buttrick said. The usual amount of snowfall by Feb. 11 is 27 inches.

Out of its $48 million snow removal budget, the state has spent $28 million and has bought salt for the entire winter, said Frank DePaola, state highway administrator.

“We’re currently running under budget,’’ DePaola said. “We had anticipated there being a major event [yesterday], and we had a bunch of people that came in at 4 a.m. to get out on the highways.’’

DePaola said the average cost of each of the past five winters is $80 million with an average of $26 million spent in February and March.

At 6:31 a.m., 269 road crews were treating roadways statewide, according to a tweet from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

No more crashes than usual were reported on state roads yesterday, DePaola said.

“I’m actually liking the winter,’’ he said.

Buttrick said no major weather changes are forecast for the next several days, but the region will get some light rain or snow Tuesday night.

Today will be cold with highs expected in the upper 20s, Buttrick said.

Overnight lows are expected to drop into the midteens.

Christopher J. Girard can be reached at
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