Skies finally cleared late Tuesday after a three-day storm system delivered a whopping 20-plus inches of snow in parts of the state.
“It’s interesting, climatologically, you see most of your bigger storms toward the end of winter,” Accuweather meteorologist Brett Rossio said about the three-day storm. “It’s not uncommon, but definitely interesting that it’s happening.”
Accuweather reported 7.9 inches of total snowfall for Boston and with higher totals of 21 and 22 inches of snow in Lunenberg and Leominster, outside of Fitchburg.
Rossio said a warm front lifted northward Sunday, turning a snowy-icy mix to rainfall.
“Then it switched back over, some colder air wrapped around later Monday and became very heavy snow, which you got (Monday) night,” Rossio said.
Snowfall was still reported late Tuesday afternoon in Maine, and wind gusts as high as 35-45 miles per hour were reported around Boston.
The National Weather Service recorded snowfalls between 18-24 inches in the Berkshires and North Central Mass., and counts as high as 17 inches as close to the city as Methuen, meteorologist Bill Simpson said.
“This was a very complicated, evolving system,” Simpson said.
Many schools including Boston’s were closed Tuesday, while other government offices remained open with some delays.
MassDOT tweeted at noon Tuesday that 2,355 personnel were clearing state roadways as pavements moved above freezing temperatures in many locations, while Boston Public Works said 600 pieces of equipment were out clearing city streets.
Simpson said temperatures will be in the upper 30s Wednesday but will remain chilly.
“We’ll be below normal until about Sunday,” Simpson said. “It will be a very slow melt.”
The NWS also cautioned of black ice with temperatures overnight dropping into the teens.
An upcoming period of sun heading into the weekend could also be interrupted by another storm.
“There’s a strong clipper system on Friday that could bring some additional snowfall, but it’s a little uncertain,” Rossio said. “Definitely something we’re watching.”
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