Tuesday 26 September 2017

Flights grounded as worst-ever snow hits Boston

A couple stroll down a deserted street during a winter blizzard in Boston. Photo: REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A couple stroll down a deserted street during a winter blizzard in Boston. Photo: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Elizabeth Barber

The US north-east was battered by another massive storm yesterday that made February the snowiest month in Boston's history.

Blizzard conditions forced the cancellation of over 1,600 flights, most of them into and out of airports in Boston and New York, where gusts of up to 97kph were predicted last night.

Temperatures are 25 to 30 degrees below normal for American's east coast, exacerbated by strong winds, said meteorologist Bruce Sullivan of the National Weather Service, adding that the region was in the grip of "a brutally cold air mass".

The latest storm heaped disappointment on retailers who were relying on the Presidents' Day long weekend and Valentine's Day to make up for poor sales during the last three lashings of snow.

Massive snowfall from Boston's fourth major snowstorm in two weeks set a record for the city's snowiest month since weather records were kept.

Boston had seen about 1.8 metres of snow since late January and had already set a record for accumulations in a single week.

"I don't know what to say to anybody any more," Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said last night. "Hopefully, it will stop eventually."

Irish Independent

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