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Mass. Digs Out After Storm Brings Heavy Snow

Workers and residents cleaned up after Sunday's storm in Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Workers and residents cleaned up after Sunday's storm in Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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Massachusetts residents dug out Monday after a storm that began Sunday morning dropped heavy, wet snow throughout the state.

Boston and the South Shore received less snowfall than forecast, but other locations, like Natick with 9 inches, saw more.

Wind was the main weather concern Monday, with a high wind warning in effect through 7 p.m. for Boston, the South Shore and Cape Cod and the Islands. Gusts were expected to reach up to 60 mph, especially near the coast.

Parts of Cape Cod could also see additional 1 to 2 inches of  snow Monday evening, with a winter weather advisory in place until 7 p.m.

The wet snow Sunday followed by high winds Monday meant some areas saw power outages. As of 4 p.m., more than 6,000 were without power statewide.

Two Boston University Students peer out from the side of a snow bank as they attempt to cross the BU Bridge road at Commonwealth Ave. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Two Boston University Students peer out from the side of a snow bank as they attempt to cross the BU Bridge road at Commonwealth Ave. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The state deployed about 3,000 plows and trucks to treat the roads Monday.

State Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin told Morning Edition he hoped warmer afternoon temperatures might dry the sodden expressways, but that salt crews would also pre-treat roads in anticipation of slippery conditions as wet spots are expected to freeze overnight. He encouraged commuters heading home Monday evening to use public transportation.

A student waits for a Green Line train on Commonwealth Ave. at the Boston University Central stop. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A student waits for a Green Line train on Commonwealth Ave. at the Boston University Central stop. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve said the T took several steps overnight to safeguard against weather-related service interruptions. The agency only reported scattered delays Monday morning.

Parking bans around Greater Boston were lifted Monday morning.

Several communities cancelled school Monday — including Boston and Worcester.

Mayor Marty Walsh said Boston Public Schools would be open Tuesday.

"It was a little bit of a strange storm. We never really got the full hit, but it also didn't stop snowing," Walsh said.

Walsh says the recent stormy weather has not yet been a strain on the city's snow removal budget — but he's hopeful spring will come soon.

With reporting from WBUR's Jack Lepiarz, Lisa Creamer, Allison Manning and Kassandra Sundt.

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