Shades of 1969
Posted by Chris Lambert
We entered February, 1969, with only 6.4" of snow all winter in Boston. That month, more than made up for a lackluster winter. The February 24-27th, 1969 storm brought in 26.3" of snow to Boston, which still stands as the 3rd biggest snowstorm in the city's history. Aside from that storm, we had another 15" fall that month, giving us 41.3" of snow in the short month of February alone!
It's a great example of how one storm can make or break a winter, and it's safe to say this one made it. Boston's now had 35.6" of snow this winter... avg. to date is 26.7". Worcester has had a whopping 63.5" compared to an average of 39.4". In all fairness to this winter, it hasn't been as pathetic as last winter, especially just outside the city. Worcester was near normal before this storm, and many suburbs had picked up about 20-25" throughout the winter to date, just a bit below the averages.
So what lies ahead? Tough to say if we'll see a couple more decent storms this month for sure, but models indicate an active pattern across the eastern half the country continues the next few weeks, so the potential is there.
Blizzard conditions hit MN and ND today, but that storm will be mostly rain for us. We'll start off as a bit of sleet and freezing rain mid to late morning tomorrow before transitioning over to plain rain. I don't expect a lot of rain, about 1/2", but it will weigh down that snow. If you have a flat or low pitch roof, and it has a lot of snow on it, it's not a bad idea to know some of it off. Also, clear the gutters and drainage areas around the house or in front of your house.
I don't expect severe flooding issues with this rain. It would be more of an issue if we had 2" of rain and temps in the 50s vs the low 40s. That set-up would cause more snow to melt rapidly.
It's going to be a long few days of cleaning up ahead. Hats off to the road crews . You've done a great job so far in an immense challenge. It's not often that most of the state picks up 20-30" of snow.