The Big Cleanup Underway After Record-Setting Snowfall

Gusty winds and falling temperatures have plunged New England into a deep freeze as people dig out after a powerful blizzard dumped mounds of snow, flooded coastlines and knocked out power to tens of thousands. 

Massachusetts bore the brunt of the storm, with Boston setting the single day record on Saturday, with 23.6 inches, the National Weather Service said. The town of Stoughton saw more than 30.9 inches of snow, the most in the region, before the storm moved out. Next door, the town of Sharon was only about a half an inch behind that total.

“That’s not something we want to win, we could put up with a few less inches, but we’ve got it so we’ve got to clean it,” Stoughton resident Horacio Pimentel said.

Mass. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito gave an update Sunday morning from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Framingham, saying cleanup efforts were well underway, but cautioning this was a storm that would require several days to clear out.

“Today if you need to go out, make plans but be patient. Not all roads are cleared exactly the way they would be in normal conditions,” Polito said.

With frigid cold in the forecast Sunday, icy conditions will be a concern and many roads are still not completely cleared.

“MassDOT still has a lot of equipment on the road and we will have crews out throughout the day cleaning up. They will be out pushing back snowbanks, widening ramps, clearing drainage and removing snow,” MassDOT Secretary Jamey L. Tesler said Sunday.

The South Shore and Cape Cod will require the most extensive cleanup.

The MBTA is up and running, Tesler said, though there are some service changes. There is bus service on the Green Line D branch between Riverside and Kenmore due to snow cleanup, and bus service on the Blue Line between Orient Heights and Government Center as electricians make repairs at the Maverick station. Mattapan line service is also suspended, replaced with shuttle buses

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