Bay State shovels out after several inches of snow
LUNENBURG, Mass. (WHDH) -- A parting gift from Mother Nature on the last day of winter.
“Definitely over winter. I’m ready for spring,” said David Riley.
Lunenburg took the brunt of the storm with more than 14 inches burying the town and leaving many tired.
“This is wet stuff. And as you can see, I have a monster pile [of snow] that we’re standing on basically,” Riley said.
The snow day Tuesday brought smiles to the faces of Stoneham students, but it may be a different story in June, because it was the town’s fifth and final built-in snow day. The last day of school now is June 25, but if there are any more snow days, the school year will be extended.
“Pretty sick [of this]. Our house is going on the market at the beginning of April and we’re getting out of here…hopefully some place warm,” said Fran Gallagher, who is sick of winter.
A little over a week after the last big snow storm Stoneham got slammed again. Residents who hoped to start thinking spring had to get their snow shovels out once again.
“It’s very heavy. Especially underneath when you get towards the street -- like a puddle of water underneath everything,” said John Butler.
At Stoneham Ford Geena Barretto has to clean the snow off 300 cars.
“It’s just sliding right off [the cars],” said Barretto.
An army of plows were out since early Tuesday morning clearing the roads and sidewalks. The town’s snow removal budget was already used up.
“We were $300,000 over budget going into this storm and we’ll probably spend $35,000 to $40,000 on this storm. So we’ll be in the vicinity of $350,000 over budget,” said Bob Grover, Stoneham public works director.
While his wife went to work, Glenn Perduyn stayed home to watch his children because schools and preschools were closed once again.
“With two parents working someone’s got to stay home…I’m usually the one to stay home, but I don’t mind,” said Perduyn.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says the city’s schools are getting close to their snow day limit.
“I’m not concerned about that. We have one more day to go,” Mayor Menino said.