New England digs out

Af­ter mid­week wal­lop, re­gion pre­pares for more snow

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

More snow will likely blan­ket New England this week­end even as the re­gion shov­elled and scraped its way out Fri­day af­ter the big­gest snow­storm this win­ter hit the North­east.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice fore­cast sev­eral more inches of snow on Satur­day for the re­gion and pre­dicted pos­si­ble ac­cu­mu­la­tions by Mon­day of up to 9 inches in Con­necti­cut, Mas­sachusetts and Rhode Is­land and up to 18 inches in the north­ern three states.

“There’s go­ing to be a sig­nif­i­cant event in the states of Maine and New Hamp­shire, no ques­tion about that,’’ said James Brown, a weather ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist in Gray, Maine.

The heav­i­est snows were ex­pected to be­gin Sun­day.

Nathan Trim­ble looked around his Prov­i­dence, Rhode Is­land, street Fri­day and said it al­ready looked like a wilder­ness scene from the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Revenant.’’ He did not like the idea of even more snow.

“I’m just not look­ing for­ward to dig­ging out,’’ he said. But “I’ve lived in New England my whole life, so we’ll deal with it.’’

In Thurs­day’s storm, East Long­meadow, Mas­sachusetts, and East Hart­ford, Con­necti­cut, hit the jackpot, each with 19 inches of snow. In New York, Voorheesville and New Scot­land got 18 inches.

Fri­day’s cleanup meant turn­ing the lights back on in many places, in­clud­ing Cape Cod, where a wind gust of 70 mph was recorded. Most ma­jor high­ways were cleared and planes be­gan tak­ing off again af­ter thou­sands of flights were can­celled across the re­gion dur­ing the storm.

Many school districts, in­clud­ing in Bos­ton, re­mained closed, how­ever.

Bos­ton Mayor Marty Walsh said he would al­low peo­ple who shovel out park­ing spots to use makeshift space savers to re­serve those spots, as has been the lo­cal tra­di­tion, but he would not tol­er­ate the threats that of­ten ac­com­pany the prac­tice.

Justin Kates, di­rec­tor of emer­gency man­age­ment for Nashua, New Hamp­shire, where about 14 inches of snow fell Thurs­day, said crews had cleared ma­jor roads overnight and were work­ing on side­walks and res­i­den­tial side streets. City of­fices were open, al­though schools re­mained closed.

“So far, the win­ter has been all right,’’ he said, re­call­ing the back-to-back storms of a cou­ple of win­ters ago that “made me ques­tion whether I wanted to live in New England any­more.’’

The storm came a day af­ter tem­per­a­tures soared into the 50s and 60s, giv­ing mil­lions of peo­ple a taste of spring. But the win­ter chill was ex­pected to stick around and the re­gion braced for more snow.

Kates said Nashua schools could close a third day Mon­day be­cause the fore­cast called for an­other 5 or 6 inches Sun­day night and sev­eral more Mon­day morn­ing.

In West­brook, Maine, work­ers hus­tled to clear about a foot of snow from a restau­rant park­ing lot. Man­ager Ser­gio Tam­burlini an­tic­i­pated a big day for peo­ple look­ing to get out be­fore more snow sends them in­doors.

“Tonight is a good night _ if peo­ple are go­ing to be out only one night this week­end, they are go­ing to do it tonight,’’ he said.

In Par­sons­field, Maine, where the only plow truck driver for most of the town quit af­ter a storm dumped 25 inches of snow in De­cem­ber, of­fi­cials said they had re­ceived only one com­plaint Fri­day morn­ing and op­er­a­tions were run­ning smoothly.

The storm was blamed for at least one death. A New York City door­man, iden­ti­fied by po­lice as 59-year-old Miguel An­gel Gon­za­lez of Bridge­port, Con­necti­cut, died when he slipped while shov­el­ling and hit a glassed-in vestibule.

AP PHOTO

Men try to push a stuck mo­torist from the road­way dur­ing a snow­storm, Thurs­day, Feb. 9, 2017, in Marl­bor­ough, Mass.

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