Mass. Digs Out From Storm

A snow-covered Natick Common on Sunday morning (Alex Ashlock/WBUR)
A snow-covered Natick Common on Sunday morning (Alex Ashlock/WBUR)

Up to a foot of snow fell in parts of southern New England with the latest winter storm to move through the Northeast, national weather forecasters said Sunday.

The storm began Saturday afternoon and ended by Sunday morning, with some power outages but no reports of critical injuries or major property damage. Dry weather was expected for days in southern New England, although strong winds may chill the bones.

Meteorologist Frank Nocera of the National Weather Service in Taunton said southern New England appeared to be the hardest hit.

Six to 12 inches of snow fell in Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut and eastern Massachusetts, including Foxborough where the New England Patriots play. The exception was in Boston and the Cape Cod area where rain was mixed with snow. There two to four inches fell. Many residents lost power after wet snow piled up on power lines.

MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola said the storm cost the state about $8 million.

"We probably were in snow and ice operation for more than 16 hours, and at the peak we had over 3,000 pieces of equipment," DePaola said.

The city of Boston reported more than 2,400 storm-related calls came into its hotline. A parking ban in the city was lifted at 9 a.m. Sunday.

New York City and Philadelphia saw a mix of rain and snow, and drivers throughout the regions were warned to be cautious. About 20 vehicles piled up in a storm-related chain-reaction crash on Interstate 93 in New Hampton, N.H., police said, and five people were injured.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

This article was originally published on December 29, 2012.

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