February 14, 2015
BOSTON — Tejal Patel has been delivering mail for the United States Postal Service in Boston for 13 years, but she can’t recall a time when the snow made her job as frustrating as it has been on Saturday ahead of yet another blizzard.
The month is only half over, but Boston has already been blitzed by its snowiest February on record. Another storm is expected to rage from Saturday night into Sunday morning, dumping up to 14 more inches of snow onto streets already lined with dirty white heaps. Wind in the city may reach hurricane-force, and the wind chill is likely to drop the temperature below zero.
Patel will be off work by then. But before she gets to take off her USPS uniform, she’ll have trudged through Boston’s slick, snow-covered sidewalks for six hours, pushing a mail cart with wheels that were clearly not built to navigate lumps of hardened slush.