The latest storm has added to the piles of snow on the ground, which has been around for an unusually long amount of time.
The latest storm left the South Shore awash in a slippery, slushy mess, piling on during what’s been a trying winter.
Snow turned to rain around midday, adding between 2 and 5 inches of snow to what was already on the ground. It was the 15th storm since early December, according to Patriot Ledger meteorologist Rob Gilman.
There already has been more snow this year as all of last year, approximately 50 inches.
What is more unusual than the large amount of snow, said Gilman, is how long it has been on the ground.
“This is just not part of our climate,” he said. “To have snow on the ground for an entire month is almost unheard of.”
Helped by relatively warm winds off the coast, the South Shore typically has enough warm that days that snow and ice doesn’t last for more than a few days at a time. But this winter, there has been snow-cover since New Year’s Eve.
And Gilman said that we shouldn’t expect it to disappear anytime soon, as it will take several days of 40-degree weather and that isn’t in the forecast.
Temperatures will warm up to the mid to high 30s next week, with a slight chance of snow flurries Friday. But the thermostat will drop below freezing at night, meaning slush and puddles could ice over.
Harry Sylvester, the highway supervisor at the Hingham Department of Public Works, said the current conditions make it difficult for lighter trucks to deal with the building ice pack.
The Department of Public Works was working to clear catch basins to prevent flooding ahead of Wednesday’s rain.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the storm itself hadn’t posed major problems, said Sylvester.
“It’s been pretty simple compared to the storms we’ve had to face up to this point,” he said.
Many of the others storms have been long and icy and each posed unique challenges, he said.
School cancellations and light traffic also helped in allowing plow drivers to keep the roads clear, Sylvester said.
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