[Ed. – Global warming]
Heavier-than-expected weekend snowfall compounded New England’s misery as the region’s fourth winter storm in a month was followed by frigid cold and predictions of yet more snow midweek. Meanwhile, the mid-Atlantic region and parts of the South prepared for a winter storm of their own Monday.
Some areas of New England reported nearly 2 feet of snow from Sunday’s storm including Acushnet, Massachusetts, with 22 inches, and Salisbury with 20.5 inches. Boston recorded 13 inches of new snow. At the easternmost tip of Maine, Lubechad had 2 feet. With many intersections already clogged by soaring snow banks, forces mobilized before the storm to remove piles of snow.
The Boston Globe reported that the latest storm secured February 2015’s place as the snowiest month on record, with 58.5 inches falling, beating January 2005’s previous record by over 15 inches.
Temperatures plunged well below zero in Boston Sunday night. The National Weather Service implemented a wind chill warning until 10 a.m. Monday for much of Massachusetts as wind chills were projected to fall as low as 35 degrees below zero. A wind chill advisory was in effect for the same time period for the state’s south coast, Cape Cod, and offshore islands like Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, where wind chills were only expected to fall to 25 below.