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Boston digs out from first storm of 2014

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 3, 2014 04:56 PM

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Kelsey Stappen, 20, helped clear snow from her father’s car in South Boston Friday.

As the sun came out and the snow subsided Friday morning, residents began the process of digging out their cars and homes.

In South Boston people were out early, despite the freezing temperatures and the eventual frozen fingers.

John Connolly, a 30-year-old who grew up on the North Shore, was visiting his girlfriend in South Boston and said the magic of the snow wore off a longtime ago.

“It’s an inconvenience for sure,” said Connolly, as he shoveled out his girlfriend’s car on I Street. “I’m just happy it's light.”

Just down the street, Alana Greene, 40, was clearing the snow off her car, which was parked on Columbia Road.

“It’s certainly not the worst we’ve seen; usually my car is plowed all the way in,” she said.

A native of South Boston, Greene said she still enjoys the snow, at least for a little bit.

“Right now I think it’s nice, but it’s only January, I’ll be over it by March,” she added.

For others clearing out the family car and braving the cold, is just part of living in the Northeast.

“It [the snow] wasn’t too bad,” explained Kelsey Stappen, 20, who was clearing out her father’s car on Columbia Road with her twin sister Meghan.

“It did get pretty cold last night, but that didn’t stop us from going to the Bruins game,” she added.

Sarah Preysnar, 33, just moved to the neighborhood and said her neighbors have been helpful.

“This is the first time I’ve had to park on the street, but everyone has been really nice,” said Preysnar, who grew up in New Hampshire.

“This was maybe a six or seven out of 10, Nemo was much worse,” Preysnar said. “I’m a skier, so bring on the snow, just up north.”

Over in Dorchester the streets were still white, as residents uncovered their cars.

With the wind nipping at their ears, many were bundled up, but Edward Toney was in a t-shirt as he shoveled out a parking spot on Westville Street.

“It’s not too bad,” said Toney, 20. “Traveling during the storm was defiantly tough, but most people were smart and stayed inside.”

Over on Wellesley Park, Joe Cabrera, 50, was busy clearing the snow from his porch. Although the snow created a lot of work for many, Cabrera said it wasn’t so bad and that it added a certain mystique to the adjacent park.

“This was maybe a three out of 10,” said Cabrera. “I measure by how easy it is to shovel and this is easy; now that wet, heavy stuff, that’s the worst.”

An estimated 10.6-inces of snow fell on the city, according to the Boston Globe.

For more about the storm, click here.


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