Heavy snow that was dumped across the Bay State led to crashes, power outages and downed trees on Monday as local meteorologists look ahead to yet another snow event this week.
The highest snow totals were again seen along the northern border of Massachusetts, near Vermont and New Hampshire, where about 7 inches of snow were recorded. Boston’s snow total as of 7 p.m. came in at 1.6 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Hazardous travel conditions were reported during Monday’s evening commute amid the heavy snow bands.
“We’ve been seeing fairly heavy wet snow, which has led to some tree limbs going down,” said Kyle Pederson, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Boston office.
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More than 17,000 customers were without power as of Monday evening, according to the power outage tracker from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. The majority of outages were in northern central Massachusetts.
“MA Customers: Our crews are prepared to assist with damage & restoration efforts once conditions are deemed safe,” National Grid tweeted. “Our 1st priority is responding to emergencies, opening roads & restoring critical locations.”
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation had deployed more than 1,700 pieces of equipment for snow and ice response Monday evening, as numerous vehicle crashes were reported around the region. A crash with a downed utility pole was reported in Wenham, shutting down Route 1A.
In Western Massachusetts, Route 20 from Pittsfield to the New York line was closed due to downed power lines and trees.
The strong storm triggered coastal flooding, including in Dorchester where both sides of Morrissey Boulevard — as well as the ramp from Route 93 to Morrissey — were temporarily closed due to flooding. Also in Salisbury, Route 1 flooded as the road got shut down in both directions.
Looking ahead, this active weather pattern should bring another snow/rain event to the region from late Wednesday into early Thursday.
“Anticipating that we will experience a ‘front end thump’ of snow with this system,” reads the National Weather Service forecast discussion, ahead of a switchover to rain.
It could be quite windy on Wednesday and Thursday.
Pederson said, “We’ll be keeping a close eye on the winds.”
BOSTON, MA -January 23, 2023 People walk along Commonwealth Ave. (Staff Photo By Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)