World and Nation

Sun, warmth to decrease depth of snow

This past weekend’s blizzard blanketed our area with over two feet of snow, creating several shoveling and plowing problems for residents and commuters in the Boston area. However, this week’s weather will be somewhat beneficial to those who wish the snow out of their way. Sunshine will return today, and temperatures are expected to be comfortably above the freezing mark during each daytime period through Friday.

Together, the effects of sunshine and relative warmth, combined with compaction and the melting effects of yesterday’s rainfall are projected to bring the (undisturbed) depth of snow to under 10 inches by the end of the week — a considerable reduction from the 24.9 inches that were recorded at Logan Airport. Of course, snow that has been blown into drifts or plowed into large piles will continue to be considerably deeper.