Record breaking snow storms hit city

By Haley Costen
Staff Writer

Clearing snow outside the Landmark Center in the Fenway area.

Clearing snow outside the Landmark Center

With an accumulation of 34.2 inches of snow measured at 1 p.m. Monday, Boston set the record for the snowiest 7-day period in a city, according to Reuters.

The city was already covered in two feet of snow from the storm that hit last week, but was hit with another 10.2 inches on Monday. The previous record for snowiest 7-day period was 31.2 inches in 1996.

The winter conditions caused the death of at least 10 people across the country according to the Huffington Post.

Four were killed in car accidents in New York and Indiana, three died clearing snow in Wisconsin, and one in a snowmobile accident in Michigan. A university dining hall worker was killed in Conn., and a woman in Weymouth was struck and killed by a snowplow on Monday morning.

So far the winter storms have delayed hundreds of flights at Logan Airport and forced officials to shut down the MBTA. Last week’s storm resulted in Governor Charlie Baker imposing a travel ban and declaring a state of emergency.

Freezing temperatures and severe conditions also led to a train derailment at the Fields Corner stop on the Ashmont line. Buses will continue to replace trolley service between Ashmont and Mattapan stops, according to the MBTA website.

The snowstorms have also affected the public school system, pushing the last day of school for the district to June 29, according to the Boston Globe. Tuesday’s school cancellation was one of the five that have occurred in the last week. The Globe reports the average number of snow days over the last 20 years was about two and a half, according to Boston public schools data.

The snow storm also had an impact on the justice system across the country.

In Illinois, five prisons were put on lockdown after jury selection for the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the marathon bombing suspect, was also delayed by the snow and rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Another potential 6 inches will hit Mass. on Thursday, with 3-4 inches estimated for Boston, according to the Boston Globe. The temperature is expected to plummet to zero in Boston, and minus 6 in Western Mass., the Globe reports.

There is also a chance for a snowstorm starting on Sunday and continuing into Monday night, according to the Globe.

Meteorologist Glenn Field told the Boston Globe that at this time last year Boston reached 33.5 inches of snow. This year Boston has had 33.5 inches, according to Field.

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