As Boston digs out, kids rejoice and drivers stake claims

AP News
Posted: Jan 29, 2015 1:56 PM
As Boston digs out, kids rejoice and drivers stake claims

BOSTON (AP) — Boston continued to dig out from a historic storm that dumped over two feet of snow this week on Thursday, even as forecasters predict more snow on the way for Massachusetts and parts of southern New England in the coming days.

In the city's Charlestown neighborhood Thursday morning, Richard and Laura Cranford shrugged at the prospect of more snow as they strolled arm-in-arm along a mostly cleared sidewalk by the Bunker Hill monument, a towering obelisk that marks a famous Revolutionary War battle.

"There's not much you can do about it," said Richard Cranford. "But we'll get along okay here, like we always do."

Across the historic neighborhood, where Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride, hundreds of improvised markers — beach chairs, stepping stools, water jugs, milk crates and parking cones — had been deployed by residents to reserve freshly shoveled parking spaces, a time-honored Boston tradition.

At the Bunker Hill monument, young children took advantage of another day without school to go sledding down short, gentle slopes.

Down the road, Farrell Dolan was shoveling out a parking space near a corner piled high with snow.

He credited city workers with making most roads easily passable but hoped they would return soon to clear snow mounds — some of which are well taller than parked cars — from corners.

The once-fluffy mounds of snow were also becoming heavier and more compact with time, Dolan said.

"It comes down to where do you put it?" he said. "It's the biggest challenge for anyone shoveling snow now."

Boston, like many other Massachusetts communities, cancelled school for a third consecutive day on Thursday as city workers struggled to clear sidewalks and corners.

Derek Maher, a Pembroke resident working in the neighborhood, said he'd be fine with schools simply cancelling classes for the rest of the week.

"Why send them back for one day?" he said. "You got to spend all that money to heat that place and get people in, why not just give them the day off?"

Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday urged those than can to remain at home as communities prepare for a storm that forecasters expect to begin late Thursday night and continue into Saturday morning, bringing mostly light to moderate snowfall.

The National Weather Service says it's also monitoring another possible storm late Sunday into Monday.