Mid-April snowstorm dumps several inches on Mass. towns

GARDNER, Mass. — A mid-April storm dropped several inches of snow on parts of Massachusetts Friday.

In Gardner, at least six inches fell, followed by rain, making a heavy, sloppy mess.

“It’s like, April showers bring May flowers. April snow – I don’t know,” said Jimmy Mosteller. “We live on Winter Street. So, we sort of asked for it.”

Across town, Albert Fancher took out his shovel to clean up the unseasonable gift Mother Nature left on his driveway.

“It was 70 degrees the other day. I had my lawn mower out,” Fancher said. “It’s not uncommon. I grew up around here, and I’ve seen in snow in May.”

But many who make a living off the snow were not prepared for it.

“All of a sudden, I woke up, and I was like, ‘Oh, my God,’” said plow driver Chad Berthiaume. “I really didn’t want to come out plowing today, because I was done for the season, I thought.”

But Gardner residents are taking the snow in stride. After all, it’s hardly the worst or most they have witnessed.

“It’s what you expect up here,” Mosteller said.

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