Schools, trains halted at Massachusetts digs out from record storm

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Posted: Feb 10, 2015 9:28 AM

BOSTON (Reuters) - Schools and most public transit systems remained closed around Boston on Tuesday as eastern Massachusetts dug out from its third major winter storm in two weeks.

Officials warned that buildings with flat roofs were at risk of collapsing after a three-day storm dropped about two feet (60 cm) across the region and a suburban school district north of Boston canceled all classes for the rest of the week out of concern to allow crews to clear roofs.

Boston's mayor, Marty Walsh, began talks with the city's teachers union on how to make up some of the eight school days canceled so far this year due to the repeated storms that have hit the region in the past two weeks.

"We're now up to basically somewhere between six and seven feet of snow across most of eastern Massachusetts over the past 14 days," said Governor Charlie Baker, who ordered nonessential state personnel to stay home, in part because of the shut down of all rail service by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

After experiencing repeated delays and two stranded trains over the past two weeks due to storms, the MBTA suspended subway and commuter rail for the day to allow crews to clear snow from above-ground tracks.

Air travel returned to normal, with just 12 percent of scheduled flights at Boston's Logan International Airport canceled, according to FlightAware.com.

A Massachusetts State Trooper delivered a baby in a car stuck on a Boston highway early on Tuesday morning, police said.

The school district Pentucket, Massachusetts, about 40 miles (64.37 kilometers) north of Boston canceled classes for the rest of the week as crews worked to remove snow from building roofs.

Jury selection for the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez were postponed for a second consecutive day due to the storm.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Doina Chiacu)