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Cambridge's snow farm features a massive, almost 40-foot, mountain of snow. (Adam Ragusea/WBUR; composite by Jeremy Bernfeld for WBUR)
Cambridge's snow farm features a massive, almost 40-foot, mountain of snow. (Adam Ragusea/WBUR; composite by Jeremy Bernfeld for WBUR)

For many cities and towns across the state, the weather outside this winter has been frightful — all this white snow has left many of their snow removal budgets in the red.

The massive snowfall comes at a tough time as Gov. Patrick wants to cut aid to cities and towns by as much as $65 million to help close the state's estimated $1.2 billion budget shortfall. That means municipal officials may have to look elsewhere to find the money to pay for the cleanup. WBUR's Adam Ragusea tells us more.

Plus, WBUR's Andrew Phelps tells us the story of a boy genius who has figured out how to predict snow days with remarkable accuracy.

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This program aired on January 27, 2011.

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