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Residents shrug off the latest snowfall

SOMERVILLE — Despite Wednesday’s snowfall that closed local schools, businesses in the Winter Hill section of Somerville were open while many residents stayed close to home.

Elijah Morgan Abraham, 7, took a walk in the snow with his mother, Vivian N. Abraham, a lawyer.

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“I really like stomping in it, and I like to pretend to kick the snow,” he said.

But many without children reported to work.

Bernard O’Neil showed up to shovel the steps of a brownstone his employer owns, despite his wife being sick at home.

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“Right now, she’s not happy because she wants me home,” he said. “But somebody’s got to shovel.”

A block away, Citizens Bank associate Nick Capobiano was shoveling the snow from under the tires of his parked sedan.

“I came in at 8:30” this morning, he said. “This [snow] is probably just from the plow plowing right up against the back of it.”

A delivery man from an area pizzeria said business was brisk. “I’m busy,” he said, walking to his car. “Business is good.”

Commuters still braved the elements as the snow fell.

At the intersection of Broadway and Temple, Robert Pedro waited for the bus to Sullivan Square.

“Some winters are not bad and some winters get like this,” he said.

Some pedestrians hopscotched over slushy puddles as they navigated sidewalks and streets. Among them was Somerville resident Siddartha Lama. He said that in his native Nepal, snow only falls in the mountain regions.

And although Wednesday’s precipitation was a slight inconvenience for the transplants, it didn’t compare to past storms. “This is usual for a nor’easter,” he said. “We had worse in 2010. This is OK. ”

In the Walgreen’s parking lot at School Street and Broadway, commercial snow plower Chobby Oleson directed a coworker behind the wheel of a truck.

He gave the storm a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10, noting that he saw 2 inches fall in an hour.

“That’s really bad,” he said. “I’m dying to see what happens Sunday to Monday,” referring to another possible storm.

E-mail Clennon L. King at clennon@augustinemonica.
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