The National Weather Service (NWS) reported Monday evening that 22.3 inches of snow had fallen in Boston, breaking snowfall records in the region and prompting Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to declare a state of emergency. Monday’s storm, which was forecast to continue into Tuesday in some areas, is the third major storm in nearly three weeks and has added to the 70 inches of snow that has fallen over the last 30 days.
"It's otherworldly," Shmuel Bollen, of Natick, told USA Today. "Shoveling the driveway becomes like painting a bridge: As soon as you get to the end, you have to go back and start again."
Subway, trolley and commuter rail services were suspended by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on Monday from 7 p.m. and will remain out of service through Tuesday as crews check on equipment.
The snow depth of 37 inches in Boston was the city’s deepest since weather records began, according to USA Today. The NWS reported on Monday evening that 76.5 inches of snow has fallen so far this season, with nearly 40 inches of that coming in February. The 71.8 inches over the last 30 days beats the 58.8 inches that fell in February 1978.
Boston was hit with 16 inches of snow just one week ago, which came just days after the city’s transport system was paralyzed by two feet of snow. The 40.5 inches that fell over the past week also broke Boston’s seven-day snowfall record, according to the NWS.
In all, it has snowed for 13 of the past 17 days in Boston, the local weather service said. And more than 2,000 commercial flights going into or out of Boston and New York City airports were canceled Monday, according to FlightAware.com.
Meanwhile, Baker urged businesses to allow workers to stay home and ordered all state offices to close Monday. However, he wasn’t kind in his assessment of the city’s transport system.
"We have been frustrated, disappointed with the performance of the 'T'," Baker said, referring to Boston's rapid transit network. "Once it stops snowing, we plan on having a long conversation" with MBTA officials, he said. "This performance is not acceptable."