No relief in sight for US states battling winter

2015-02-11 11:46
(Mike Groll, AP)

(Mike Groll, AP)

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Boston - As residents of the US Northeast dug out from 60cm of snow on Tuesday, there appeared to be no relief in sight. Meteorologists predicted that more snow is on the way on Thursday and perhaps this weekend in the snow-choked region.

Boston-area subways, trolleys and commuter rail trains remained idle on Tuesday, with only limited bus service continuing.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said it needed the break to clear snow and ice from tracks. Service is set to resume Wednesday at a reduced level, with fewer cars and less frequent service on most lines of the nation's fifth-largest and oldest system.

Boston hospitals set up sleeping areas for workers, and police gave doctors and nurses rides to work. At Logan International Airport, many flights were still reporting delays through on Tuesday afternoon.

Amtrak cancelled passenger train service from Brunswick, Maine, to Boston because of snow removal.

After a brief respite on Wednesday, forecasters say much of the northeastern New England states is on track to get more snow on Thursday and into the Friday morning commute, with 7.5cm expected in Boston and 15cm or more south of the city. A much larger storm could dump appreciably higher amounts Sunday into Monday, but meteorologists said it was still too early to say how much.

'Where are you'

Two high-profile Massachusetts trials have been further delayed by the snow.

State court officials said testimony in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez would not resume until Wednesday.

Jury selection for the federal trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also was called off on Tuesday. It's slated to resume on Wednesday as well.

The roof at a Massachusetts music store that's home to a rhinestone-encrusted grand piano once owned by Liberace collapsed under the weight of snow.

Rockland Fire Chief Scott Duffey said a large section of roof fell into the showroom on Tuesday morning at the Piano Mill. No one was in the building at the time. Owner Rob Norris said the Liberace piano, which has 88 888 rhinestones and has been appraised at $500 000, was not damaged.

The roof collapse was among a number reported across the state. No injuries have been reported in any of them.

A young boy playing on snow piles with friends ended up in Boston Harbor's icy Fort Point Channel but was rescued by a bystander.

The bystander, Victor Moisescu, told WCVB-TV he heard several children playing near a bridge on Tuesday and then heard them calling, "Where are you?"

Moisescu said he saw a boy treading water and told him to swim toward a nearby recreational dock. He said, "I pulled him out right onto the dock."

Other bystanders also tried to help and called the emergency dispatcher. Emergency crews took the boy to a hospital as a precaution.

Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker says he'll be seeking federal disaster aid for this winter's snowfall to help ease the pressure from state and local government budgets being strained by cleanup costs.

Baker also announced other measures on Tuesday, including activating about 500 members of the state's National Guard, purchasing two snow melters that can melt up to 25 large truckloads of snow an hour and appealing to nearby states for additional resources.

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