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5 feet of snow: Be glad you're not in Boston!

Pedestrians make their way along a snow covered street during a winter snow storm in Cambridge, Massachusetts February 9, 2015.
Brian Snyder | Reuters

There's snow, there's lots of snow and then there's what happened to Boston.

The city has plowed through historical records, with more than 60 inches of snow in the last 20 days.

But it's not done yet-some Boston suburbs had another 20 inches or more Sunday into Monday, and forecasters were warning more could be in store for Thursday.

Here are a few scenes from the historic winter.

By Staff
First published 09 Feb 2015

Buried signs

A stop sign almost buried at the Home Depot at Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers, MA.
Photo: Erika Sandstrom

Boston has received 61.6" of snow in the last 30 days, breaking a record that dates to the 1970s. This photo shows a stop sign at a Home Depot in Danvers, MA, that was nearly buried by snow.

That milestone was as of 7 a.m. ET Monday, and with hours more snow to go, the record is sure to climb.


Bostonians dig out of yet another snow storm on Feb. 9. 2014.
Photo: Rachel Murray

Power outages were minimal with the latest storm, except for one train whose third rail froze -- trapping people on board between stations for three hours before they could be recovered.

Filled stadiums

A Newton patio is out of commission with snow, and it seems like a long time until Boston area residents will be dining al fresco.
Suzanne Kreiter | The Boston Globe | Getty Images

Massachusetts' newly elected governor, Charlie Baker, said the state has already moved enough snow to fill the Patriots' Gillette Stadium 90 times over.

He cautioned people to clear the roofs of their houses and any fire hydrants on their streets as well.


An MBTA green line subway train sits at a station during a winter snow storm in Brookline, Massachusetts February 9, 2015.
Brian Snyder | Reuters

Some were able to get to work, one way or another, but state offices were closed for non-essential personnel, and Boston declared two snow days for schools.

Big profits

Workers continue snow removal efforts in the Back Bay neighborhood the day after Winter Storm Juno, on January 28, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Business has been spectacular for plowing companies during these storms. One firm told CNBC it has done about $400,000 in business in just the last four weeks, enough to invest in new equipment for which it'd otherwise take three years to save.

New marks

Winthrop, MA, resident George McManus carves out a path with a snowblower in front of his waterfront home.
Photo: Claire McManus

As of midday Monday the official Boston snow total for the winter of 2014-2015 was 73.9". The National Weather Service said that made it #10 on a list of the city's snowiest all-time winters.

Roofs threatened

Icicles form as another storm grips Massachusetts.
Photo: Nancy bates Keene

With all of that snow, Massachusetts officials warned homeowners to clear their roofs or run the risk of collapse.

Already on Monday, authorities responded to at least two incidents were roofs or parts of whole buildings collapsed under the weight of feet of icy snow.

Raking the roof

The latest trend in Boston: Shoveling or raking the snow on the roof so it doesn’t cave in.
Photo: Michelle Freeman

Boston residents shoveled their roofs as well as their driveways to prevent a collapse.

Residents said one of the hottest items in town is the "snow rake" (basically an inverted shovel with a long handle) to clear the snow off of the roof. The rakes are so popular, was sold out of both the $39.97 and $46.97 versions of their 17-foot snow roof rakes several days after Monday's storm.

There were also several ads on Boston Craigslist for roof-shoveling services.