Snowfall gives Boston a dusting
But South Shore and Cape Cod get the brunt of follow-up to last week’s blizzard
Howling winds whipped fresh snow on top of the previous weekend’s whiteout Sunday, but residents and businesses from South Boston to the South Shore just shrugged off the latest onslaught of winter.
This is New England, after all, many said.
On Cape Cod, which received the brunt of the snow accumulation, residents shoveled out of their driveways for plates of omelets, home fries, and a little bit of camaraderie at the Original Gourmet Brunch in Hyannis.
John Cotellessa, 50, owner of the diner and a longtime area resident, said business was steady Sunday. A power outage at the restaurant about 6:30 a.m. was quickly restored.
“We’re New Englanders, we know how to deal with it,” he said, looking outside as the plows worked to clear Main Street. “This is a standard storm. It’s not a blizzard, it’s just snowing out.”
On West 7th Street in South Boston, Darren Durfee, 46, shoveled the front steps for his neighbor.
Durfee said he spent lots of time clearing stoops and sidewalks last weekend. The additional snow was “depressing,” he said.
“But it is what it is,” he said. “You live in New England.”
Despite concerns about a pile-on after last weekend’s historic storm, the region persevered through Sunday’s snow without any major accidents and with only isolated instances of power outages.
The snow caused its share of headaches, including slick roads, travel delays, and another round of shoveling.
But MBTA trains and buses were on track, Logan Airport was opened, though some flights were late, and only a few communities, such as New Bedford, declared parking bans.
“This is certainly a different kind of weather event than last week,” said John Guilfoil, a spokesman for Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston. Officials reported about 5.1 inches of snow at Logan Airport Sunday, compared with the more than 24 inches of the week before. “A good thing about a snow like this is you’re not getting 2 or 3 or 4 inches of snowfall an hour. It’s much more manageable.”
Luckily, last week’s sunshine and warm weather helped melt some of the piles of snow before Sunday’s storm.
Snowfall on Cape Cod and the South Shore was a little heavier. By late afternoon, Brewster had received 6.3 inches of snow, said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Wind gusts were strong all along the coast. At the Cape, winds lashed at about 55 miles per hours, according to the Weather Service.
“It was a little less snow than we thought, but it went pretty much as we expected,” he said.
The number of residents without power fluctuated throughout the day, according to the utility companies’ websites.
At 8 p.m. NStar reported 793 customers without electricity; National Grid had 956 customers without power in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation deployed more than 1,800 pieces of equipment to treat and plow the highways east of Worcester, said Sara Lavoie, a spokeswoman for the agency.
As New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell drove around his city Sunday afternoon to check on street conditions, he said he was relieved by the lesser snowstorm. The last storm damaged about a quarter of New Bedford’s snow vehicles, and any more snow Sunday would have hampered cleanup efforts and been more expensive, he said.
Cities and towns also got a break in the calendar for this latest storm. They aren’t facing the intense pressure to clear all the roads and school parking lots and sidewalks for a rush of commuters and students. Monday is a federal and state holiday and students are off this week for February vacation.
But even for the snow-lovers, sledders, and skiers, winter weariness was seeping in.
Teresa Bien-Aime, 42, and her daughters Gabriella Bien-Aime, 2, and Briyana Willis, 18, carried a snowtube from their home to the nearby George H. Walker Playground in Mattapan to go sledding.
It was Gabriella’s first time out in the snow; the last storm dumped too much for her to play in. Her older sister took photos of the occasion. Her mother was less enthusiastic.
In South Boston, Joyce Higgins, 54, filled up her car at a gas station on Old Colony Avenue and said she preferred the snow to the heat. People are more neighborly when they all have to go outside and shovel, she said.
But even she is looking forward to warmer months.
“It’s almost over,” Higgins said. “The groundhog saw his shadow, right?”
Globe correspondents Gal Tziperman Lotan and Matt Rocheleau contributed to this report. Deirdre Fernandes can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @fernandesglobe. Derek J. Anderson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.