A spring storm has brought high winds that whipped snow across Cape Cod and roiled the oceans, bringing near whiteout conditions.
Cape Cod and the Islands were expected to bear the brunt of the storm that struck full force Wednesday morning, perhaps dropping up to 10 inches of snow.
Less snow was expected farther to the north and west in Massachusetts, with the Boston area getting just an inch or two.
Schools across Cape Cod closed for the day, while ferry and flight service was canceled. State courts in the region closed for the day.
Winds that could gust up to 70 miles per hour blew the crystallized snow horizontally, stinging the faces of those who dared venture outside.
NStar reports 7,300 customers without power as of 2:30 p.m., most of them on the Cape and the South Shore.
National Grid has 1,900 customers without power.
With additional reporting by The Associated Press.