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Boston breaks monthly snowfall record after latest storm

16 february 2015, 12:37
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 Boston braced for another pummeling of wintry weather Sunday, as officials declared February the snowiest month in the city's history, AFP reports.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a cold weather warning in the New England hub, with windchill temperatures reaching a stinging -10 degrees Fahrenheit (-23 Celsius).

Forecasters also issued a blizzard warning, with blowing snow predicted accompanied by wind gusts of up to 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour expected.

The NWS said the major snow dump Boston saw in recent weeks smashed records.

"Snowiest month on record in Boston!" NWS said on its Twitter feed, after the latest snowfall that dumped 13 inches (33 centimeters) of powder.

Boston has seen 58.5 inches of snow so far this February, breaking the January 2005 record, when 43.3 inches of the white stuff fell.

"Only 2+ wks in!" the service added, with more snow predicted on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Forecasters said visibility would be low, and urged residents to stay indoors and wear several layers, a hat and gloves.

"Strong winds will result in considerable blowing and drifting snow... this will result in whiteout conditions at times with near zero visibility," the weather service said.

"Frostbite can develop in just 30 minutes."

Photos of the blanketed city showed snowplows clearing roads and tow trucks rescuing buried vehicles, while officials warned drivers to stay off the roads.

The latest snow dump brought the city's total snow fall this season to nearly 90 inches -- the third snowiest winter in history.

Boston's Logan Airport had limited scheduled flights Sunday, with further delays expected.


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