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New England Is Braced for More Snow as a Historic Winter Continues

A woman walks through blowing snow in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Michael Dwyer—AP A woman walks through blowing snow in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

Boston is on the verge of breaking a 20-year record for snowfall

Another four to seven inches of snow is expected to fall in Massachusetts early Monday, delaying any hope of respite from the extraordinarily harsh weather that has battered New England throughout February.

Boston is expected to receive up to four inches overnight, while other parts of the region, stretching into Rhode Island, may see as much as seven inches, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow storm is expected to pass before the morning commute, but the winter weather advisory calls on motorists to stay cautious and be alert for snow and ice patches on the road.

Boston has received 102 inches of snow this year, far exceeding the 34 inches considered to be normal and surpassing last year’s total of just over 56 inches. The twenty-year record for snowfall in Boston is 107.6 inches, according to media reports.

The average temperature in Boston for the month of February was just 19 degrees Fahrenheit, almost 13 degrees Fahrenheit colder than normal.

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Boston Area Dogs Are Climbing Snow Banks to Escape

Winter Storm in Boston
Dominick Reuter—EPA A woman walks her dog through Copley Square during a blizzard in Boston on Feb. 15, 2015.

Police in Weymouth are warning pet owners to keep their dogs leashed

You know your city officially has too much snow when your dog can climb the mountainous snow bank in your yard and escape.

The Weymouth Police Department, about 15 miles outside of Boston, Mass., issued this warning on its Facebook page on Thursday: “Please watch your dogs. We have been dealing with a large number of dogs that are running the streets. Most of them are getting out of yards that are usually secure because of snow banks.”

MORE: Watch the Most Selfless Dog in the World Shovel Snow

The police department warned residents that their beloved pets could get hit by cars or picked up and sent to a shelter if they didn’t have their proper tags.

Snowfall in the Boston area has shattered records in the past month. Snow totals have now hit 100 inches for the season, and most snowfall has come within the past month. A University of Oklahoma meteorologist has even calculated that the likelihood of this much snow falling in a 30-day stretch would occur only once every 26,315 years.

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Brilliant Guy in Massachusetts Is Selling Snow for ‘Only $89′

snowball wrapped in brown paper
Phil Ashley—Getty Images

Originally marked down from $99! The price includes overnight shipping anywhere in the U.S., and each package includes enough snow to make about a dozen snowballs.

New England—and Boston specifically—has way more snow than it knows what to do with. Boston has received roughly 100 inches of snow this winter. And it’s not even March yet. And guess what the forecast calls for on Tuesday? Yep, a few more inches of snow.

Boston has had so much snow that in early February the city started considering special approval by the EPA to dump it in the ocean because snow removal teams have been running out of places to put it.

It’s amid this scene that a Massachusetts man got the idea that he could do his part to get rid of some of the snow—and make some profits while he’s at it. The service, ShipSnowYo.com, started as something of a joke, but by mid-February it had reportedly sold around 100 16.9-oz. plastic bottles filled with snow, which were frozen in dry ice and shipped around the country, at a cost of $19.99.

By the time the bottles arrived at their destinations, they were most filled with pure New England water, not snow. But Waring insists that the recipients didn’t mind much. “They understand that we want to clean up Boston, so even if it does arrive as water, they get a kick out of it,” Waring explained to Boston Magazine.

Nonetheless, ShipSnowYo has since begun offering a new product that’s “Guaranteed Snow on Arrival!” This package includes 6 lbs. of snow collected courtesy of Winter Storm Neptune, which dumped 20+ inches in parts of Massachusetts. The “Limited Supply” snow comes in a thick Styrofoam container and is shipped overnight, at a cost of “$99 Now Only $89!”

Waring told Boston.com that the $89 package yields enough snow to make 10 to 15 snowballs. “It seems to be corporations paying for the $90 product as a funny gesture, where the $20 one is regular consumers,” he said of his customers.

What’s next for Waring? Look for a bigger, 10-lb. snow package to hit the market at a price of $119. Presumably, such a product would be more appropriate for larger snowball fights in Florida, Arizona, or wherever else they’re shipped. And the entrepreneur says that he might try a slightly different moneymaking idea next autumn. “Maybe I’ll ship some fall foliage,” he said.

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Boston Mayor Urges Daredevils to Stop Jumping Out of Windows Into Snow

"This is not Loon Mountain"

Bostonians stuck in their homes due to ever-mounting snow accumulation have taken up the habit of diving into the snow from the windows of their houses. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh thinks this is a really, really bad idea.

“I’m asking people to stop their nonsense right now,” the mayor said at a Monday news conference, according to the Boston Herald. “This isn’t Loon Mountain, this is the city of Boston, where we’re trying to remove snow off of the street and it becomes very dangerous.”

As the snow totals have mounted, young people have taken to leaping into snow banks. The higher the jump, of course, the more things could go wrong. Walsh is worried about already-overworked emergency responders being forced to deal with avoidable injuries by daredevils. The city, which has accumulated a record 58.5 inches of the white stuff in February alone, is dealing with huge economic costs in a brutal winter that still has a month left to go.

[Boston Herald]

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Boston’s Public Transit Won’t See Full Service for 30 Days

Pedestrians walk along snow covered, MBTA subway rails on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston
Brian Snyder—Reuters Pedestrians walk along snow covered, MBTA subway rails on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts following a winter storm on Feb. 15, 2015.

“This last round really crippled our infrastructure and our vehicle fleet"

Record-setting snowfall has so disrupted Boston’s main public transportation system that it may need a month to return to full service, the MBTA said Monday.

“As long as we don’t get hit with another storm like the last one, it will be back in 30 days,” Beverly Scott, general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, said at a news conference, according to the Boston Globe. Scott cautioned it may take even longer if another major storm hits.

“This last round really crippled our infrastructure and our vehicle fleet,” she added. “It created operational challenges and created severe damage which will take time to recover from.”

A series of winter storms have made February the snowiest month in Boston’s recorded history and workers have been struggling to clear snow and ice from the rail system, known as the “T.” Scott said areas that have been hit particularly hard in the storms, and lines that are most used by commuters, are being initially targeted for cleanup.

[Boston Globe]

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Northeast Shivers as Another Winter Storm Heads to Mid-Atlantic

New England Snow
Michael Dwyer—AP A man walks an unplowed street on Beacon Hill in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.

Some cities could see new record-low temperatures

The Northeast faced frigid temperatures in the single digits on Monday, as snow inundated large swaths of the South, knocking out power for almost a quarter of a million homes and forcing the cancellation of some 2,000 flights nationwide.

New Englanders shouldn’t hope for things to warm up anytime soon. Arctic air is expected to spread from the Midwest to the Northeast this week, chilling cities from Chicago to New York with single-digit temperatures.

The worst of the cold is predicted to affect the Midwest on Wednesday before drifting east into Thursday. Cities around both regions could see new record-low temperatures, AccuWeather.com reports. But even Florida will feel the bitter cold, with temperatures expected to fall into the 30s in Orlando.

Meanwhile, another winter storm barreled across the Plains and the Ozarks on Monday, dropping snow, sleet and ice on its way. Schools in Arkansas were closed due to sleet and traffic accidents in the icy conditions increased six-fold in Kentucky.

Several inches of snow had already accumulated in Washburn, Mo., Monday morning; further east, Nashville, Tenn. already had about a quarter of an inch of ice on the ground, according to the National Weather Service.

Power outages throughout the region have affected thousands of people, including 32,000 customers in Arkansas, according to NBC News. After the storm is done showering ice and snow on states from Oklahoma to Kentucky, it is predicted to head toward the mid-Atlantic—and maybe even New England.

If it gets as far north as Boston, that city—already pummeled by several winter storms—will come even closer to surpassing its all-time record for snowiest season. At 95.7 inches so far, Beantown has less than a foot to go to top the winter of ’95 to ’96.

[Weather]

TIME weather

Valentine’s Day ‘Snow Hurricane’ Hits New England

Just stay indoors with your Valentine already

A Valentine’s Day blizzard with hurricane-force winds was set to pummel much of New England on Saturday.

Blizzard warnings were issued in six states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island—as the fourth major snowstorm of the season made its way toward the East Coast. Iat had already dumped eight inches in parts of Michigan by Saturday afternoon.

MORE: It’s Better to Be Single on Valentine’s Day

New York City and Philadelphia remained under winter weather advisories while Boston, which has already experienced a historic total of almost eight feet of snow this season, could get another foot. Parts of Massachusetts were forecasted to receive 18 inches, and Cape Cod could experience hurricane-force wind gusts.

The bottom line is, stay inside with your Valentine and don’t poke your head out until April. And if you’re single, you have a perfect excuse to do absolutely nothing.

TIME weather

9 Insane Facts About Boston’s Snow

These numbers show just how rough the winter has been

Boston has been pummeled with record snowfall this season, and more is likely on the way—a storm is predicted to drop 8 to 10 inches this weekend. Here are 9 reasons why that’s not particularly welcome news for Bostonians:

1. Boston set a new record for most snowfall in a 30-day period, with 73.3 inches between Jan. 12 and Feb. 10.

2. The city’s total accumulation for the winter season is 79.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

3. That means Boston needs 28.2 more inches before spring to top its all-time seasonal record of 107.6, which it reached in 1995-96.

4. Across the state, plows have shoveled enough snow to fill the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium 90 times.

5. Boston plows have worked a cumulative 136,652 hours as of this writing.

6. In that time, they’ve cleared 244,064 miles of snow.

7. 70,051 tons of salt have been spread on Boston’s roads.

8. Snow melting machines are able to melt 430 tons of snow per hour on the city’s municipal “snow farms,” empty lots where trucks dump the excess buildup from street corners.

9. All of which has cost the city at least $30 million in snow cleanup since Jan. 25.

Bostonians, be careful out there.

TIME

Six Feet Under: Buried in Snow in Boston

More than two feet of snow covered parts of New England on Monday in the region's third snow storm in one month, crippling Boston's transit system

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Boston Might Dump Excess Snow Into the Harbor

Winter Storm Once Agan Brings Region To A Crawl
Pat Greenhouse—Boston Globe/Getty Images Crews use an Aero Snow Melter to dispatch mounds of snow at the Marine Industrial Park snow farm on Feb. 8, 2015.

Beantown has received 61 inches in the past 30 days

Boston is considering dumping snow into the ocean as it runs out of room to deposit its recent snowfall.

The city has received 61 inches in the past 30 days, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh says Boston’s snow melters are unable to keep up with the demand, the Boston Globe reports. The city’s vacant “snow farms” are also almost filled up.

“We’re going to explore the opportunity of putting this snow in the ocean,” Walsh said. “We’re looking at that now because of the amount of snow we have.”

Dumping snow into the ocean is normally prohibited, except for special occasions when extreme snowfall puts public safety at risk. A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection says the snow-removal tactic is allowed, as long as the city notifies the state and the Boston Conservation Commission. Several other cities in the state have already notified state authorities of similar plans.

“We’re not at a public safety concern yet, but we will be if we keep getting snow like this,” Walsh said.

[Boston Globe]

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