Mass. Digs Out After Storm Brings Heavy Snow
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.
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.
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.
This article was originally published on February 13, 2017.