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Blizzard Hits Southern New England

By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Executive Weather Producer
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A bus stop in the snow Wednesday afternoon at Copley Square.  (Photo by Rick Macomber)

A bus stop in the snow Wednesday afternoon at Copley Square. (Photo by Rick Macomber)

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BOSTON (CBS) – A very powerful nor’easter produced treacherous conditions across all of southern New England Wednesday.

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Heavy, wet, pasty snow poured over eastern Massachusetts, stuck to everything and caused thousands of power outages.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports from one of the jackpot towns in Northeast Mass.

Several reports of thunder and lightning came into the weather office before sunrise, as intense bands of snowfall rotated onshore.

The snow was a bit lighter and fluffier well inland, so it was a bit easier to move and shovel out in Worcester County.

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Across the extreme South Shore and Cape and Islands, the snow mixed with sleet and rain at times making for a big mess.

TIME FRAME

The heaviest snow, 1-to-3 inches per hour, continued through midday.

Steady moderate snow fell for most of the afternoon and then became lighter by evening.

The Winter Storm Warning and Blizzard Warning was due to expire at 8 p.m., but the Blizzard Warning was canceled shortly after 4 p.m, as the storm slowly exited the region.  The Winter Storm Warning remained in effect until 8 p.m.

SNOWFALL TOTALS

Parts of western Massachusetts saw approximately 30 inches of snow as of 3 p.m, an eye-popping 34.5 inches was dumped in Savoy, just northeast of Pittsfield.

Most of the central and eastern part of the state was hit with 12-to-18 inches.  17.5 fell in Roslindale.

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