Mother Nature brought SouthCoast the snow Tuesday and helped clear it on Wednesday.

Cloudless skies covered the region, the sun shined onto roads and sidewalks and temperatures topped 40 degrees.

“Things are melting nicely and that’s a good thing,” Dartmouth’s Director of Public Works David Hickox said.

While nature aided in removing some of the snow, it won’t help with the costs.

New Bedford CFO Ari Sky estimated Wednesday storm could cost the city anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000. Since crews continued to work through the day, Sky wasn’t able to provide an exact cost.

“We’re still in cleanup, so we're still incurring costs,” Sky said.

Entering the storm, the city had $34,165 remaining in its snow cleanup budget. The storm easily chewed through that amount.

“The work has to happen so the account runs into deficit,” Sky said. “Then we find transfers or other funding elsewhere to offset it.”

Sky suggested that FEMA reimbursements from prior storms may be able to offset some of the costs for the snow removal.

In rare circumstances, as in 2015, Sky said, when the city spent four times its snow budget, the deficit can’t be made up and the remainder is rolled into the levy for the following year.

Barring future winter storms this year, the snow budget won’t be that out of whack.

This year’s budget snow budget was $450,000.

Sky also implemented a snow insurance policy that pays the city $2,500 for every inch of snow that falls on the city beyond 55 inches. It doesn’t appear the city will reach that total this year.

The National Weather Service doesn’t tally season inch counts for New Bedford, however, in Providence, the closest city that has a count, it’s snowed 40.9 inches this year.

Acushnet received the most snow in the area Wednesday with 18 inches, according to the National Weather Service. New Bedford and Dartmouth each got 14 inches.

Crews in New Bedford plowed through the night after beginning work at 4 a.m. Tuesday. At the peak, about 120 plows were on the roads in the city.

By comparison, Dartmouth used 35 on Tuesday. The number dropped to about a dozen on Wednesday.

Most of the main roads in SouthCoast were clear by morning and the sun kept them that way. It allowed crews to focus on secondary roads that remained carpeted with snow.

In Marion, three roads remained closed on Wednesday morning. Jonathan Henry, Marion’s interim DPW superintendent, said he expected two of the closures to reopen by the end of the day. Point Road, he expected will remain closed until Thursday due to blockages other than snow.

In Mattapoisett, similar issues blocked Greenbough Drive where a telephone pole and accompanying wires has prevented city crews from clearing the street.

“There was quite a lot of tree damage and power lines down,” Mattapoisett Highway Surveyor Barry Denham said. “There were areas we couldn’t plow (Tuesday) because of the trees and power lines.”

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