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Snow-weary New Englanders Get Ready for Another Major Snowstorm

Blizzard warning in effect in eastern New England



    With the MBTA already planning to shut down Sunday, officials are continuing their effort to clear snow out of Boston and other areas before the expected blizzard hits. (Published Friday, Feb. 13, 2015)

    As New England continues to try to dig out after a series of storms left the region buried in snow, the region is bracing itself for the season's second blizzard.

    The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning in much of eastern New England, including Greater Boston.

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said limited flights are expected at Logan International Airport on Sunday, with cancellations and delays likely.

    "This storm will bring significant challenges for all of us," he said. "Please stay off the road during the storm."

    Boston Prepares for Weekend Blizzard

    [NECN] Boston Prepares for Weekend Blizzard
    Boston has snow melters stationed throughout the city to melt existing piles as another blizzard is expected to bring over a foot of snow to New England over the weekend. (Published Friday, Feb. 13, 2015)

    The MBTA has announced that service will be suspended Sunday.

    In Boston, people simply don't know where to put the snow.

    The 379th Engineers out of Buzzards Bay are moving it over - just in time for more to arrive. The North End and South End have backed up traffic, blocked turning lanes and mountains of snow ready to clear.

    Both neighborhoods barely have place to park on a summer Sunday, let alone the heart of this 2015 blizzard season.

    The Great Escape From Logan Airport

    [NECN] The Great Escape From Logan Airport
    As February break began and an additional foot of snow was expected to fall in New England, many families departed from Boston's Logan Airport to go on vacation. (Published Friday, Feb. 13, 2015)

    Asked if he'd seen anything like this before, Massachusetts National Guard Sgt. James Lawrence replied, "Me? Not personally, no. This is just a whole new world right now."

    "I think it's a little premature to close [the MBTA] right now," said Kristin Harrison, who lives in the South End. "I mean, we don't even know how hard the storm's going to hit us. And I'm sure a lot of the restaurants and businesses are already hurting. But they've got to do what they've got to do to keep people safe."

    "The one piece of good news which I am pleased to report on is, over the course of the past few days and over the course of the next few days, we will have the support and assistance from crews across about eight different states throughout New England in the Northeast," said Gov. Baker.

    Due to the impact the preceding weeks of snow have had on small businesses, Gov. Baker declared next week as "Valentine's Week," urging residents to support local companies.

    A spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said no decision had been made on whether to suspend service on the Boston-area transit system during the storm, as it has been forced to do during previous storms.

    On Thursday, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh suggested that the MBTA should shut down over the weekend, but he reversed course Friday and said closing the system would "pose an incredible hardship to workers and people living throughout Boston."

    The MBTA sent out an alert Friday afternoon saying that late night bus and subway service will not be available Saturday night into Sunday. The last subway trains will run at 12:50 a.m.

    In Massachusetts, National Guard troops have been called up to assist with snow removal, and the Hanscom Air Force base outside Boston has become a staging area for heavy equipment coming from neighboring states to help in the effort. Walsh said two machines capable of melting 135 tons of snow per hour arrived from New York City on Thursday, along with backhoes, dump trucks and front-end loaders from others states.

    With schools on vacation next week, some families have also been leaving Boston's Logan International Airport early to beat the storm.

    Content from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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