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Last 7 days were Boston’s snowiest on record

More snow has fallen in Boston in the past seven-day period than in any other week on record, surpassing a milestone set nearly two decades ago.

According to the National Weather Service, the city has logged 40.5 inches of snowfall within seven days, the most since modern record-keeping began in 1891. The previous highest snowfall period on record was Jan. 2-8, 1996, when 31.2 inches fell.

Nick Wiltgen, senior digital meteorologist at the Weather Channel, said it was striking how rarely major snowfalls come in such quick succession.

“There have been bigger snowstorms,” he said. “But none of them had a big snowstorm right after them.”

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On Monday, 10 inches of snow fell on top of the accumulations from the blizzard that struck New England last Tuesday.

Those who remember 1978 will recall that year’s infamous blizzard was preceded by another major storm. The storms just didn’t come in the same week.

Together, the storms dropped 48.5 inches, the first blast on Jan. 20 and 21 and the second Feb. 6 and 7. The close proximity of those storms was big factor in why it was so hard for officials to respond to that blizzard.


Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.