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Winter's wrath shows no mercy

Storm turns roads into slippery mess

Call it the winter that was snow darn wet.

By yesterday afternoon, more than 85 inches of snow had fallen on Boston for the season, meteorologists said. The snowfall in Boston for an average winter is 41 inches, said Dan Leonard, forecaster for Weather Services International in Andover.

During yesterday's storm, as much as 4 inches of snow fell over metropolitan Boston by 5:30 p.m., according to Weather Service International's unofficial estimate.

Before the storm's end, the National Weather Service had predicted the storm would drop 4 to 6 inches in the Boston area, 6 to 12 inches northwest of Boston, and 5 to 8 inches to the southwest.

No snow is in today's forecast, and temperatures are expected to be in the low 40s. The respite may be brief, however, with a 30 percent chance of snow on Tuesday, said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton.

Yesterday's mix of rain, snow, and sleet made roads slippery.

Sergeant Scott Range, a Massachusetts State Police spokesman, said numerous spinout accidents caused by the snow occurred around the state, including the South Shore, the North Shore, the Worcester area, and the Berkshires.

There were no fatalities or serious injuries, Range said.

In Boston, more than 100 pieces of equipment were out on the roads at 3:30 p.m. and more were ready to go, said Rebecca Frisch, a spokeswoman for the office of Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

''Since there [had] been little accumulation in the city, mostly a slushy buildup, the Public Works Department [was] constantly sanding and salting the roads to keep them safe," said Frisch. ''Mayor Menino and the Public Works Department [were] constantly monitoring the storm."

The abundance of snow this winter season perturbed some local residents.

''I'm used to the snow, but this is worse than I've seen in a long time," said Chris Wight of Dorchester. ''It's just constant shoveling."

Many people complained of parking troubles, shoveling, car troubles, and the amount of time it takes to clear the roads.

''It's messy and annoying when you're a commuter without a car," said Tarijsha Janey of Boston. ''It's March, and it's overwhelming."

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