School Monday? Maybe Later. Boston Marathon? Yes. Winter Weather Makes Another Appearance
Mother Nature's cruel April 16 joke hit New Hampshire right in the face Monday, resulting in dozens of school delays and a change in plans for organizers of some Boston events on Patriots Day as snow, sleet and freezing rain covered the ground overnight.
Town and city plows were up early treating roads and getting a jump on generally slick driving conditions in the region. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for portions of northern New Hampshire and parts of Maine until noon Monday.
According to a NWS advisory, "the ice will result in difficult travel conditions on untreated roadways. Additional ice accumulations of one-tenth to two-tenths of an inch are expected. Widely scattered power outages possible."
In Boston, the weather forced the postponement of the Patriots Day Red Sox game scheduled for Fenway Park on Monday. The game against the Baltimore Orioles has been rescheduled for May 17.
The Patriots Day Parade that was originally set to kick off at 9 a.m. has been canceled but the 122 Boston Marathon, the longest running marathon, will go on.
The first wave of runners will head off from Hopkinton, Mass. at 10 a.m. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to watch the more than 26-mile-long race, despite the ugly weather.
Photo- Boston Marathon/Facebook The 2017 Boston Marathon
Monday's weather is a far cry from last year's recorded conditions: 70 degrees and sunny, with low humidity.
According to a list compiled by Runner's World online, the hottest recently recorded race temperature was in 2012 at 89 degrees. It was worse in 1976 when it reached 100 degrees and nearly half of the registered runners dropped out.