BOSTON (AP) – Winter-weary residents of the Northeast US braced Sunday for another round of snow bearing down on the region with up to 2 feet (60 centimetres) expected in some areas.
As light snow fell by the afternoon, drivers were warned to stay off the roads and cancellations were posted for schools and court dockets Monday.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for parts of l New York state and much of the northeastern New England states through early Tuesday.
“I’m frustrated. The last thing I want to be talking about is another 24 inches (60 centimetres) of snow. I want to move on to something else,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said at City Hall. “It’s unprecedented … Maybe up in Alaska or Buffalo, they have this amount of snow and they’re used to it.”
Walsh said the city would close schools on Monday and Tuesday, and he urged motorists to stay off the roads until the storm passes. Court closings Monday meant another weather-related delay in jury selection in the Boston Marathon bombing trial and in the murder trial in Fall River, Massachusetts of former Boston Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez.
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. There also is little risk seen of significant coastal flooding, a problem during last month’s winter blasts.
Boston’s transit system, the nation’s oldest, has been particularly hard hit this winter. The buildup of snow and ice on trolley tracks combined with aging equipment has stalled trains, delaying and angering commuters.