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In Somerville, it's a long, cold slog through the winter

Posted by Marcia Dick  February 16, 2014 10:24 AM

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SOMERVILLE - Thursday’s snowstorm paralyzed many Winter Hill motorists without four-wheel drive who found their tires spinning in place.

A female driver of a large sedan hired a tow truck company to rescue her, after pressing the accelerator and going nowhere.

“We got stuck,” said she as she and a friend climbed into the truck cab for the ride home.

As the City of Somerville trucks salted and plowed the road, traffic that had been brought to a standstill began inching forward.

Snowplow driver Oggi DeSouza said the mix of precipitation makes his job harder.

“It’s very heavy today,” he said. “Because it’s rain and snow together.”

Those shoveling sidewalks were just as busy.

Toni Avola wore a heavy hooded parka as she scooped the slush in front of her house as the snow fell.

“I tried to get a head start,” she said “Then it turned to rain. And then it went back to snow. And, all at once. It’s way too heavy.”

Three blocks away, in front of the Spin Cycle Laundromat at Main and Broadway, an employee who introduced himself only as "John" did sidewalk duty, expressing his disappointment snow was still falling.

“I thought it was supposed to be raining by now,” he said. “I guess we’re going to be on the short end again.”

At times, traffic at Magoun Square along Broadway was backed up for three blocks, the thoroughfare slushy with snow, salt, and sand.

At the intersection of Medford Street and Broadway, a mother and son, pulling a baby stroller behind them, struggled through the frozen mixture to clear the crosswalk before the light changed.

Some residents made no secret they weren’t happy about the weather.

“I think it’s great,” said David, a Jamaican-born Somerville resident, who would not give his last name.

“I’m being facetious,” he said, as he exited the CVS drug store, heading to his car. “I don’t like this weather. It’s too much of the same thing.”

Thursday’s snow didn’t deter others, who kept to their scheduled routine.

Sherry Parilla walked her black and golden Labradors, who seemed unfazed.

“It doesn’t matter. It’s exercise to us,” she said.

Other residents said Somerville got off easy this winter in comparison to last.

“Last year’s storm that dropped 27 inches was the worst,” said Steph Synoracki of Winter Hill.

Still others said, regardless of the amounts, snowfall comes with living in New England.

“It is what it is. You’ve got to eat through it,” said Leo Martin. “You got to thrive through the winter.”

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Somerville resident Toni Avola tries to get a headstart on sidewalk shoveling in the midst of Thursday's storm.

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