Storm Dumps Up To 9" On Some Towns, Makes Mess Of Commute

 

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The first winter storm of the season made for a messy commute across Boston--but west of the city, snow fell with more intensity than initially forecast.

The icy mix that was still coming down Friday morning was expected to taper off by noon.

Also Friday morning, strong winds from the storm were recorded along the coast.

 

National Weather Service meteorologist Eleanor Talbot said there were a few "jackpot" towns further west from Boston that saw a lot of precipitation.

"Billerica, Carlisle, the town of Clinton, which is in northern Worcester county--in those areas, they received around nine inches of snow," Talbot said. "We're even seeing that up in the town of Topsfield ... They didn't get much snow at Logan airport, we only received a report of a trace of snow there, but just a little ways inland, 2-3 inches of snow, away from the immediate coast."

"We're getting a good start to our winter," she said.

Most areas changed over to rain before daybreak, but Talbot said there was a chance for more snow in central Massachusetts yet Friday morning.

"We're waiting for the storm to move off of the Cape, and then the winds will come back around to the north and bring more colder air back in, so we may actually get a change to snow before it ends over toward Northern Worcester County out toward the Connecticut Valley, maybe in the Berkshires," she said.

Carlisle Police Chief John Fisher said he was surprised the town got as much snow as they did, but said they were handling it well.

"Forunately, our Department of Public Works was out all night, our roadways are pretty clear," he said. "Despite the level of snow we've gotten, I believe we're in good shape."

MassDOT had nearly 2,000 crews out clearing roads, and asked the public to allow for extra travel time.

 

MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said they had to change their "plan of attack" early on to go from fighting the storm with salt spreaders to getting plows out on the roads, due to the heavier-than-expected intensity.

"I think the key thing we're concerned about with a storm like this, it's early in the season, it's been a long time since drivers have seen this kind of weather, and we just really want to get the message out to folks to really take it careful," Gulliver said.

As of 10:30 a.m., MEMA was reporting over 5,800 customers without power across the state. You can view their outage map here.

WBZ NewsRadio's Deb Lawler reports

 

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