Boston still short of season snow record; ice and drenching rain cause problems elsewhere



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BOSTON — It has topped more than 100 inches of snow this season, but Boston is just short of surpassing its 20-year-old snowfall record — for now.

Sunday's snowfall brought the city's total to 103.9 inches. It needs 3.7 inches more to break the 1995-1996 record of 107.6.

Two small snowfalls, Tuesday night and Wednesday into Thursday, could be just what's needed, said Frank Nocera, a National Weather Service meteorologist in the Taunton, Massachusetts, office.

Elsewhere, heavy snow was falling in the southern Rockies and Great Basin and heavy rain was soaking parts of the Southwest. A flood watch was in effect until Monday evening for east-central and south-central Arizona, including Phoenix.

Snow fell from the Ohio Valley into the Northeast for much of Sunday and freezing rain hit the Mid-Atlantic.

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RECORD COLD

February 2015 was one for the record books in the Northeast.

The Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University says Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Ithaca, New York, shivered through their coldest months ever.

The average temperature was 10.9 degrees in Buffalo, beating the 1934 record of 11.4. The monthly average was 9.0 in Syracuse, 12.2 in Binghamton and 10.2 in Ithaca.

February record lows were also set in Hartford, Connecticut, at 16.1; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at 20.9; and Portland, Maine at 13.8.

In Rhode Island, Providence set a record with 31.8 inches of snow for the month.


SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS

In the West, public schools closed Monday in Flagstaff as a winter storm dropped snow in Arizona's high country and rain in the deserts.

In northern and east-central Arizona, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Flagstaff and other areas of the Mogollon Rim region. A flash-flood watch was issued Monday for the Phoenix area, while snow was forecast for southeastern Arizona mountains.

In Colorado, weather forecasters issued blizzard and avalanche warnings. The storm was expected to last through Monday, with another storm expected Tuesday.

In Southern California on Sunday, crews cleaned up a mudslide that shut down a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway northwest of Los Angeles early Sunday. The area received between a quarter-inch to half an inch of rain.

In the East, a number of school districts delayed opening for up to two hours Monday, providing some melting time for a coating of ice that blanketed states from the Mid-Atlantic northward.


WEATHER-RELATED DEATHS

Authorities reported four people, including one child, died in weather-related incidents in Missouri.

Two passengers were killed when a driver lost control on a snow-covered highway in Lebanon on Saturday.

A 25-year-old eastern Missouri woman was killed Sunday morning on a snow-covered stretch of Interstate 70 when she collided with a tractor-trailer, state police said. In Nevada, Missouri, a boy died after falling through an ice-covered farm pond.

In New Bedford, Massachusetts, state police said a 22-year-old woman died after being ejected from a car that overturned while the driver was trying to avoid snow in the roadway.


MICHIGAN TOT HOSPITALIZED

A 3-year-old Lansing, Michigan, girl was hospitalized in critical condition after getting stuck overnight outside her family's apartment during frigid weather that marked the end of one of the coldest Februaries on record in Michigan.

According to police, the girl was treated for severe hypothermia. A relative found the girl on a sidewalk in front of the apartment complex about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Lansing police Sgt. Joe Brown told the Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/1M0N4PH). The temperature was 5 degrees at the time.


SNOW DELAY FOR HERNANDEZ

The weather again delayed the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

Monday's start was delayed until just after 10:15 a.m. There already had been 5.5 snow days since jury selection began in the trial Jan. 9.

Hernandez is charged with the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancée's sister.


TRUCK FALLS THROUGH ICE

A pickup truck drove onto a frozen river in New Jersey early Sunday, spun around repeatedly and then plunged through the ice, police said, and rescue teams found a dead dog but no people inside.

Later, the driver, who owned the dog, and a passenger turned themselves in, state police said. They were in custody and were being questioned, but police had not said whether they would face criminal charges including for the death of the dog, which apparently drowned.

The passenger had gotten out of the truck just before the driver took it out onto the ice, police said.

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