-- It's a snow pile of epic proportions – and it's growing larger by the hour.
Boston’s snow farm is filled with piles higher than most of the neighborhood’s triple-decker buildings, with many just as wide. The piles fill a lot at 6 Tide Street in the South Boston Seaport District, on a labyrinthine street within the city’s cruise terminal.
Here more than 6,000 tons of snow has been melted over the past 24 hours inside an Aero Snow Melter, a massive machine that can turn 350 tons of the wet stuff an hour into puddles and steam.
“This is snow like we’ve never seen before in the past," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said at a City Hall press conference today. Walsh’s first term as mayor has been marked with more snowfall than during the famous blizzard of ’78. “This snow just keeps on coming and it’s a problem.”
Today Boston had 600 pieces of equipment working to clear icy, snow-covered roadways. Snow-covered sidewalks forced pedestrians into the streets, making conditions treacherous for plow drivers, Walsh said. He urged Boston residents to stay home tomorrow and businesses to give their workers the day off.
The city today suspended subway and train service and cancelled schools again for tomorrow.