The season’s first snowstorm delivered its second wallop Tuesday with flakes flying across the eastern part of the state with scores of schools closed and a spate of accidents on highways.
A jack-knifed truck on interstate 95 in Sharon blocked all lanes on the southbound side earlier this morning, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
A single car rollover on the eastbound side of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Framingham closed two lanes until it was cleared just before 9 a.m., according to Mass DOT.
The transportation agency reports that as of 8 a.m. there were 2,795 pieces of equipment out on the roads clearing the way. Road conditions are wet to slush, snow covered, according to Mass DOT.
The National Weather Service reported around 8:30 a.m. formation of a heavy band of snow dropping 1-2 inches an hour on a north-south contour from Fitchburg to Brimfield.
Forecasts call for 4-8 inches across most of the eastern part of the state with higher totals possible in the northeast part of the state and along the coast.
As the slow moving storm moves through the area, conditions are expected to improve significantly this afternoon when drier air moves in.
“Accumulating #snow continues this morning but dry weather returns this afternoon resulting in a much better travel conditions,” said the National Weather Service in a tweet this morning.
On the Orange line, the MBTA reported at about 10 a.m. service was suspended between Haymarket and Tufts due to a power issue.
“Service suspended between Haymarket and Tufts due to a power problem at State St. Customers can use Green Line service through downtown,” the T alerted via tweet.
The MBTA’s commuter rail reports trains running 10-60 minutes behind schedule depending on the line.
“Passengers on the Fitchburg line may experience delays in both directions due to a combination of minor train defects, switch failure and Freight train traffic causing the trains to operate out of slot. Thank you for your understanding,” the commuter rail said in a tweet this morning.
— MBTA (@MBTA) December 3, 2019
The National Weather Service said show was expected to continue to about 10 a.m. with flakes lingering until 11 a.m. in some areas.
Up on Beacon Hill, the House and Senate have delayed opening until 11 a.m. and Governor Charlie baker has ordered non-emergency workers in the executive branch not to report to work until 10 a.m.