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Mass. Hit With Yet Another Winter Snowstorm

Two women walk through Hyde Square in Boston's Jamaica Plain early Thursday afternoon. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Two women walk through Hyde Square in Boston’s Jamaica Plain on Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Another winter storm hit Massachusetts, bringing with it wet snow, rain and high winds.

The snowfall was heaviest in central and western portions of Massachusetts, which received 8 to 10 inches. The totals were lower around Greater Boston. Areas right around the city got 2 to 4 inches.

Midday Thursday, state police reported they had dealt with several car spinouts and several jackknifed tractor-trailers across roadways.

The storm also brought strong winds. There were nearly 2,000 power outages across Greater Boston, as of 4:25 p.m. Thursday.

Boston University students on their way to classes during the snowstorm. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Boston University students on their way to classes during the snowstorm. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

“Utilities are staffed up and have crews at the ready,” Gov. Deval Patrick told WBUR Thursday morning, “and many communities are standing up, or are prepared to stand up, warming or other shelters during the course of the day in the event that’s necessary.”

The winds are also a concern at Logan International Airport, which is open but saw about 30 percent of flights canceled, as of Thursday afternoon.

Most schools were closed Thursday in the central and western parts of the state, including Springfield and Worcester. Non-essential executive branch state workers in the five westernmost counties were also given the day off.

WBUR meteorologist David Epstein anticipates rain in the Boston area Thursday night with temperatures remaining above freezing.

With reporting by the WBUR Newsroom and The Associated Press

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