December 14, 2007 / 3:56 PM / 12 years ago

New England digs out after record snowfall

BOSTON (Reuters) - New England dug out on Friday from a record-setting storm that dumped 10 inches of snow on Boston, more than the city typically sees in the entire month of December.

A man shovels his front walk in Somerville, Massachusetts in this January 23, 2005 file photo. New England dug out on Friday from a record-setting storm that dumped 10 inches of snow on Boston, more than the city typically sees in the entire month of December. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Thursday’s storm hit hours before the afternoon commute, snarling roadways and leaving some travelers — many of whom left their offices early only to face the storm’s full force on the road — stranded for hours during their trips home. Others had to abandon their cars or sleep in them after running out of fuel, local media reported.

More than 400 flights were canceled at Boston Logan International Airport.

The National Weather Service said the region could expect another blast over the weekend, when a second storm is expected to drop 6 inches of snow and sleet starting on Saturday evening.

“It is a powerful Northeaster,” said Charlie Foley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts. “The difference in this storm is that it is going to occur during the overnight hours and on the weekend, so we wouldn’t expect it to have the impact that this thing yesterday did.

Thursday’s snowfall set a new one-day record for December 13, and was more than the 7.8 inches that typically falls during the entire month of December.

Foley said temperatures were expected to reach 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 C) on Friday, warm enough to melt some of the snow.

Logan Airport had returned to normal operations by Friday, with about 41 outbound flights canceled, said spokesman Phil Orlandella.

“The airlines will have to play catch up for a couple of days,” Orlandella said. “It’s not a madhouse here, things are moving pretty well.”

He said airport management did not yet know how their operations would be affected by the coming weekend storm.

Editing by Eric Beech

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