BOSTON — Another weekend, another major snowstorm: The latest system to sweep the Northeast brought another foot to Boston — on top of 6 feet that has fallen over the last month — and tested New Englanders who say the winter is beginning to feel like one without end.
Even after the storm, forecasters warned of exceptionally cold air, perhaps the coldest yet of the season. Strong winds expected to continue into Monday reduced visibility, created drifts and complicated an ongoing cleanup effort. Forecasters were talking about another storm on the horizon for midweek.
“It’s historic. It’s biblical,” attorney Frank Libby said he walked down a deserted street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. “I think we’re in uncharted territory. People just don’t know how to deal with the logistics of it.”
He had one message for Mother Nature: “Give us a break.”
A bone-chilling blast of cold, with lows of minus-10 degrees was in the Sunday night forecast in parts of the region.
The temperatures are expected to be the coldest of the season, according to the National Weather Service.
“We’re dropping below zero and wind chills will be dropping to 20 below and maybe minus-25 by morning,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson. “People should take it seriously. It is the coldest in Massachusetts in many years.”
The Arctic cold front already had settled over Michigan by midday Sunday, sending temperatures plunging to minus-27 in the Upper Peninsula and minus-22 in the northern Lower Peninsula.
Colin Kelly of Scituate, Massachusetts, said it’s discouraging every time he looks at the forecast.
“If I saw one day that was above freezing, I’d be very happy,” he said. “I looked seven days ahead and every single day, the highest temperature I could see is 26 degrees.”
Kelly was shoveling away a snowdrift from his home’s backup generator to have it ready in case they lost power.
Some areas of New England reported nearly 2 feet of snow from the storm including Acushnet, Massachusetts, with 22 inches, and Salisbury with 20.5 inches.
Boston recorded 13 inches of new snow. At the easternmost tip of Maine, Lubechad had 2 full feet.
With many intersections already clogged by soaring snow banks, forces mobilized before the storm to remove piles of snow. Massachusetts called up the National Guard troops to help and Hanscom Air Force base outside Boston became a staging area for heavy equipment pouring in from eight other Northeastern states.