Total storm tally: strong winds, 16.2 inches of snow, a slew of minor accidents, one finger injured by a snow blower, two homes destroyed on Plum Island — and more than a few irate shovelers.
On the bright side, Salem meteorologist Arthur Francis said last night that a lot of the 16.2 inches of snow the March storm dumped on Salem State University had already melted, thanks to how warm the ground was. He said more melting was likely today and that there was a glimmer of hope on the horizon for people who’ve had enough.
“You can look forward to a nice week coming up,” Francis said. “More of what we should have for March, you know.”
That should be a relief for local residents who found themselves getting into accidents during the Thursday-into-Friday storm, beginning with a 21-year-old who damaged the front driver side bumper and tire of his 2012 Ford Fusion when he slid into a fire hydrant at the intersection of Leavitt and Lafayette streets at about 2 a.m. The driver and his passenger were uninjured and the fire hydrant emerged unscathed.
The next accident in Salem occurred at about 2:30 a.m., when a woman in a PT Crusier struck a curb after driving onto an unplowed section of Highland Avenue, damaging her front bumper and right tire in the process. She too was uninjured.
“The roadway was completely snow covered due to the heavy snow that was falling at the time,” wrote police in the incident log.
Highland Avenue seemed to get more than its share of accidents during the storm. At 9:08 a.m., a vehicle rear-ended another vehicle that had stopped at a red light at the entrance to Salem Hospital. Then, at about 10:30 a.m., a Chevrolet Malibu traveling outbound on the street near Walmart failed to stop at a red light and crashed into a Ford van. The operator of the Malibu told police that they hadn’t seen the red light because snow was covering it.