Boston sets all-time snow record _ and season isn't over yet

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Posted: Mar 16, 2015 2:46 PM
Boston sets all-time snow record _ and season isn't over yet

BOSTON (AP) — Boston set an all-time snowfall record and is flirting with another mark: most snark in a single winter.

The latest storm in an epic winter edged the total just over the 9-foot mark. Sunday's storm dropped 2.9 inches at Logan International Airport, pushing the seasonal accumulation to 108.6 inches and surpassing the previous record of 107.6 set in 1995-96.

Forecasters said Monday that the city could get more snow later in the week — a bleak outlook for Bostonians who have had more than enough.

"Is this the part where we all get to say, 'I'm going to Disney World?'" said Justin O'Brien, a Boston attorney, capturing the sense of cynicism and sheer snow fatigue.

The season snowfall record is measured from July 1 through June 30. Records go back to 1872.

"I wished I would have blocked the numbers from friends back in Southern California texting me screenshots of the 80-plus degree weather there," said Matt Guerrieri, a wine distributor who moved to Boston a few weeks before the first snow fell.

Some were actually rooting for the record.

Richard Gilberg, an employee of Boston Harbor Cruises, said he's happy about it.

"I figure with all the suffering we've gone through this winter we can deal with a couple more inches of snow," he said as he cleared the company's icy dock Monday morning.

Computer models indicate a coastal storm could develop Friday, but they differ on its track. The storm could bring little to no precipitation to southern New England, or it could bring "a decent slug" of rain and snow to the region, the weather service said.

"I wasn't excited to break the record. I was hoping that we'd have no more snow," said Teri Davidson, who works in Boston. "It's been just miserable. All the delays getting into work — all the days off work. It's been awful."

The snow that has already fallen didn't bury Bostonians' collective sense of humor.

Mayor Marty Walsh tweeted that the Boston yeti — a local who's been dressing up as the abominable snowman and walking around the city drawing laughs — would be taking over as interim mayor.

Bruce Mendelsohn, a Cambridge public relations executive, quipped, "Boston has a rich tradition of leading the nation in the pursuit of liberty, freedom, sports titles and snowplows."

Michael Burkin, a real estate attorney, said the record is "not really a cause for celebration." He said what's remarkable about this winter is that most of the snow has been packed into a short period between late January and mid-March. "I don't know if that's ever happened before, and it's really hurt everybody."

Paula MacPhee, struggling to walk her dog through Monday's fresh drifts, said she's just relieved that winter's nearly over.

"I'm glad the spring is coming, that's for sure. I think we'll enjoy it a little bit more this year," she said.