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Boston-area snow totals are low, but winter isn’t over yet

Bill Kane used a shovel to clear the snow from his van outside his home on East Broadway in South Boston. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Tuesday’s not-very-impressive snowstorm doubled Boston’s snowfall total so far this season. But the National Weather Service said it’s too soon to say the worst of winter is over.

“So far we’re well below normal for snowfall in Boston, but that’s not to say the last week and a half of February and March couldn’t be snowy. We’ve had snowstorms with significant snow in early April,” meteorologist Alan Dunham of the National Weather Service in Boston said.

Tuesday’s storm saw 2.4 inches of snow fall in Boston before turning into rain overnight. The total snowfall so far has been 4.7 inches, according to a tweet from the weather service.


Last winter, Boston had nearly 60 inches of snow, with three major storms in March. Normally, by this time of year, Boston has usually had around 28 inches.

Dunham said the storms are tracking in a different direction this year, and warm air from the ocean is turning what would be snowstorms in Eastern Massachusetts into the notorious wintry mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain.

While some forecasters are predicting a possible storm late next week, Dunham said the National Weather Service isn’t looking that far ahead.

“In fact, right now our forecast only goes through Tuesday,” Dunham said. “We’re dealing with a week at a time here.”

The Boston season totals are a stark difference from Central Massachusetts, where, Dunham said, Worcester has already recorded 25.6 inches, including Tuesday’s storm, which produced another 4.1. But Worcester, too, is behind the pace. Normally, by this time of year, the Central Massachusetts city has seen around 41 inches.

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