Boston was spared by the wrath of snowstorm Jonas, which clobbered the mid-Atlantic and the southern portion of the Northeast throughout the weekend.
But instead of letting the city’s new truck-mounted snowblowers gather dust, Mayor Marty Walsh sent two large scale trucks and nine Department of Public Works employees to Baltimore to help with their snow removal on Sunday.
According to the city’s website, these pieces of heavy machinery can kick up 2,750 tons of snow per hour, launching it 150 feet. DPW plowed about 295,000 miles of roadway this past winter, or roughly 12 trips around the earth, removing over 40,000 truckloads of snow from city streets, and melted 50,000 tons of snow at snow farms. Boston followed in Montreal’s steps in purchasing this equipment following the historic blizzards in 2015.