Boston area receives 2 inches of snow in light storm
The first week of March in Boston will look an awful lot like January and February, with more storms rolling into town.
Snow began to fall Sunday afternoon, with the Boston area receiving about 2 inches as of 2 a.m. Monday, when the storm had mostly passed, according to the National Weather Service. Parts of Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island saw about 4 or more inches, according to the agency.
A total of about 104 inches of snow had been recorded this winter at Logan Airport as of 1 a.m. Monday. The latest snowfall pushed the city closer to beating a record 107.6 inches set nearly two decades ago in the winter of 1995-96.
Another snowstorm is on the way with light snow expected Tuesday night, and there could be more snow Wednesday and Thursday, meteorologists said early Monday.
“A few inches” seemed like a reasonable estimate for the upcoming storms, said Hayden Frank, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton. He said more precise forecasts were still developing.
Unlike the light and fluffy snow that has fallen most of this winter, the snow that fell Sunday was expected to be heavier, with temperatures predicted in the upper 20s, said Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist at the weather service in Taunton.
“Those temperatures make for a wetter snow,” she said.
And that could exacerbate problems with roofs, Buttrick said.
“Any more loading on roofs will just add to the stresses,” she said. “In the big picture, it’s not a lot, but anything on top of this existing snow load is a problem.”
More than 180 roof collapses have been reported across the state between Feb. 9 and Sunday, Peter Judge of Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said.
Frank Nocera, a meteorologist with the weather service, earlier said the morning commute may be “manageable” because the snow stopped earlier than originally expected.
And transportation officials have been working all weekend to prepare.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has 482 pieces of equipment out statewide.
About 120 pieces of equipment are in Boston, pretreating roads, spokesman Michael Verseckes said.
“MassDOT has received daily shipments of salt since the previous storm and has access to more than 4,000 pieces of equipment that can be called out on an as needed basis,” he said.
Flights to and from Logan Airport will run at the discretion of the airlines, according to Matt Brelis, a Massport spokesman. “We’ll have crews out to keep runways and taxis open and safe,” Brelis said. “Please call your airline before traveling out here.”
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was also planning for another messy morning commute.
“MBTA crews will work around the clock to properly manage any conditions that may arise,” spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.
Empty trains were to run on all subway lines throughout the night to keep snow from accumulating on tracks and switches, he said.
Storm preparation, including engineering work, snow removal, and switch cleaning, is complete on the commuter rail lines, Keolis spokesman Mac Daniel said, and “lines should be ready for service on Monday despite the snow.”
The commuter rail planned to run all lines inbound to Boston overnight to prevent freezing and extra equipment will be ready to help any disabled trains, Daniel said.
Keolis released a list of MBTA commuter rail trains that will return to operation as part of a recovery plan announced last week:
On the Framingham/Worcester line Train 522 (1:50 p.m. inbound from Worcester) and Train 515 (12:05 p.m. outbound from South Station) will be restored.
On the Old Colony Line service to and from Plymouth will return with Train 064 (2:28 p.m. inbound from Plymouth), Train 066 (7:45 p.m. inbound from Plymouth), Train 065 (12:25 p.m. outbound from South Station), and Train 067 (6:15 p.m. outbound from South Station).
Needham Train 622 (5:37 p.m. inbound from Needham Heights), Train 628 (8:02 p.m. inbound from Needham Heights), Train 621 (4:40 p.m. outbound from South Station), and Train 629 (7:10 p.m. outbound from South Station) will return.
On the Providence/Stoughton line Train 904 (6:56 a.m. inbound from Stoughton) and Train 903 (5:35 p.m. outbound from South Station to Stoughton) will be restored. Service to and from T.F. Green Airport and Wickford Junction will also return.
This is part of a four-part recovery plan slated to unfold throughout the month.