Winter-weary residents of northeast United States braces for more snowstorms

February 9, 2015 5:45 am

Winter-weary residents of the northeast , which has been
battered recently by a series of major snowstorms, are braced for even
more.
Light flurries fell on Sunday morning local time, but the “long duration” storm was expected to intensify tonight.
The
US National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for parts of
state and much of the northeastern New England states through
to early Tuesday.
The snow is likely to cause problems for
commuters on Monday, though it’s not expected to accumulate as rapidly
as in some of the earlier storms, including a record-busting late
January blizzard.

A woman carries a toddler up Beacon Hill in snowstorm-hit Boston last week. The city is bracing for even more snow. Photo / AP
There is also little risk of significant coastal flooding, a problem during last month’s winter blasts.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he would give an update on the city’s storm response Sunday afternoon at City Hall.
As
more flakes fell, all Michelle Currie could do was post on her Facebook
page a photo of a weather map showing up to 45cm of fresh snow that may
fall on her home.
“I have to laugh because otherwise I may cry,”
said Michelle Currie of Dracut, Massachusetts, a mother of five whose
kids have already missed several days of school.
Boston’s transit system, the nation’s oldest, has been particularly hard hit.

A huge pileup during snow near Sandy Creek, New York, on Friday. More snow is expected. Photo / AP
A huge pileup during snow near Sandy Creek, New York, on Friday. More snow is expected. Photo / AP
The buildup of snow and ice on trolley tracks combined with
aging equipment has stalled trains in recent days, delaying and
angering commuters.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
general manager Beverly Scott said on Saturday that crews were doing
everything they could, including deploying massive jet-powered snow
blowers, to clear tracks before the next storm.
Governor Charlie
Baker acknowledged on Friday that the MBTA was handed an extraordinary
situation with old equipment but said the system’s overall performance
was unacceptable.
In many New England communities, the obvious problem is where to put the next batch of snow.
David Lombari, public works director for West Warwick, Rhode Island, told the Providence Journal his town was already clogged with snow piles several feet high and school buses were parked in the usual snow storage lot.
Adding
injury to insult perhaps, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
warned that potentially record cold temperatures and wind chills are
expected to move into the region later in the week after the storm.
Not everyone was dreading the blast of winter.
Business
has been brisk at Charles Street Supply hardware in Boston, where owner
Jack Gurnon sells shovels, salt and sleds. He drove to Portland, Maine,
to stock up so he’d be able to meet demand when the next storm came.
“We
actually have a lot of supply right now, and we’re lucky because the
big box stores, they’re scrambling around, and I’m sitting on a whole
bunch right now,” Gurnon said.
But an increase in sales isn’t all
he is looking forward to. “I also love to ski, so as soon as this next
mess is over with, I’m taking off and going north,” he said.

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