Record-Setting Snow Frays Nerves, Strains Resources

BOSTON. Feb. 9 2015. MBTA workers clear snow along the Green Line Monday. (Nikita Sampath/BU News Service)
BOSTON. Feb. 9 2015. MBTA workers clear snow along the Green Line Monday. (Nikita Sampath/BU News Service)

Already grappling with several feet of snow on the ground, Boston has been hit hard again by a slow-moving storm that dumped another 20 inches leading to more school cancellations, another shutdown of the MBTA’s rail service, and pleas for residents to stay off the streets as crews work to clear them.

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Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency. “Mother Nature makes the rules,” Baker said about the record snow that is causing delays, frustration and closures in Massachusetts.

At 7 p.m., the MBTA suspended rail service until Wednesday as crews work to clear ice and snow. According its website, the pileup has made rail service “virtually impossible.” This comes in wake of passengers being stranded on a Red Line train early Monday. Baker says he plans to have a “long conversation” with the MBTA following the storm. “We are frustrated and disappointed with the performance of the T,” said Baker.

In the past two weeks, three storms have dumped a record-setting six feet of snow, breaking a previous record of 58.8 inches set in 1978,

With limited bus service and the rail lines shut down Tuesday, schools announced closures and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh once again asked for all non-essential employees to stay home.

“We’ve never seen this type of snow in the city of Boston at any other time in the history of our city,” Walsh said.

As area residents shoveled around their homes and warily eyed roofs topped with mountainous piles of snow, the city announced that it was running out of room to dump the snow they’re removing from city streets. Vacant lots called “snow farms,” where trucks have been dumping tons of plowed snow, can’t keep up. The city may be forced to start dumping it in the ocean. State law normally prohibits this because the snow is contaminated, but there’s an exemption for situations where public safety is at risk.

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