As the Northeast digs out from an epic blizzard, rain poses new challenges: ice, slippery roads and paths, and – where wind has not already blown away much of the snow – collapsing roofs.
The Northeast’s big snow of 2013 is over, but not its aftereffects.
The region's residents are still digging out, navigating roads lined by walls of snow, and in some cases dealing with school closures and power outages. Now comes rain.
The weather forecast for Monday called for roughly half an inch to fall from New York to Boston – the same region just pelted with as many as three feet of snow on Friday and Saturday. That has raised worries of potential roof collapses and a soupy mix under foot that could freeze overnight.
Many people trekked back to work on Monday on newly reopened transit systems, but one online message revealed the storm’s ongoing impacts:
“We continue to work to mitigate the effects of the storm,” said the town website for coastal Scituate, Mass., citing challenges with power outages, floods, and plowing streets with parked cars, and “structural damage to some roads.”
The storm set records for snowfall in some communities, including Portland, Maine. Connecticut communities tallied the largest snowfalls, with some 40 inches falling in Hamden. The states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York also saw some tallies exceed 30 inches.
In Boston, this storm's two-foot totals fell a few inches short of matching the city's record.
But cities were still digging out Monday, and some major school systems including those in Boston and Hartford, Conn., were closed for the day.