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Blizzard over for most, let the cleanup continue

Posted by David Epstein  February 9, 2013 03:28 PM

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Blizzard warnings are being taken down and conditions will continue to improve the rest of the day. The last of the snow bands is clearing the coast and the long process of cleaning up the snow will continue. I would not be surprise if some schools are delayed or cancelled Monday as sidewalks will not all be cleared by then. However, most of our lives will quickly get back to normal even with fewer parking spaces available for a while. The snow will start to settle on itself the next few days and with temperatures going above freezing it won't be quite so high by the end of the upcoming week. I don't see any major rain on the way which is also good news.
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Our historic blizzard is now over with snowfall amounts of epic proportions rivaling the biggest storms in our weather history. Boston's 24.9 inches of snow places the Blizzard of 2013 as the 5th biggest snowstorm on record. This storm is now just behind the April Fool's Blizzard of 1997 when 25.4" fell. The number one snowstorm, back in February of 2005, brought 27.5 inches to the city and that will stand as number one, for now. Over 30 inch totals is common on a line from Portland, Maine to Framingham, Massachusetts and down through Manchester, Connecticut. I will continue to post updates and the milder forecast for next week on Twitter at @growingwisdom and please send pictures and measurements

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Cape Cod
Cape Cod has been very hard hit with the loss of power a big problem. It's going to take a few days to get things back to normal there. The snow was heavy wet in that region and when it turned cold, all the snow froze on the wires creating 4 inches of thick ice. As the winds increased, the wires came down. Snow bands will continue much of the afternoon and storm totals on the upper Cape will still increase by several more inches.

Winds are going to subside throughout the afternoon, but it will remain windy all day. Temperatures will be cold the next few hours remaining in the lower 20s and then falling further tonight. The good news in the temperature department is that it will actually become milder this week with highs getting near or above 40F as early as Monday.
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Our storm is pulling away to the east of New England and will continue to move eastward. As the storm gets further out to sea, the snow and wind will eventually end over parts Cape Cod. Tomorrow will be bright and sunny with temperatures rising above freezing. On Monday there could be a few rain and snow showers early in the morning and just plain rain showers in the afternoon. This doesn't look like a big rain event. I am not concerned about flooding or rapid melting from this system.
Gardening this week
This week I wanted to share a video that shows a very unique water garden. This particular water garden contains many different varieties of fish. While you might not have the space for something this elaborate, you can mimic some of the elements on a smaller scale.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this blog or any others. Please follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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