BOSTON — Massachusetts saw its first Nor’easter of the season on Saturday, with widespread rain, snow, and power outages.
Sunday, Dec. 6
9:30 a.m.: The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported more than 7,600 Massachusetts residents are without power Sunday morning as of 9:30 a.m. after Saturday’s Nor’easter.
7:51 a.m.: Some snow totals have come in Sunday morning. Worcester County had the most snowfall as Paxton got 12.5 inches, Rutland 10 inches and Worcester 9.6 inches to round out the top three.
7 a.m.: Skies are clearing as the first Nor’easter of the season moves out of Massachusetts.
Saturday, Dec. 5
10:30 p.m.: More than 1,600 pieces of equipment are being used to clean the roadways in Mass., according to the state’s Department of Transportation.
Additionally, MEMA is reporting that the number of people without power in the state has dropped to nearly 25,000.
9:00 p.m.: Power outages numbering near 38,000 in Mass.
8:15 p.m.: Power outages in Mass. drop to 41,000s, MEMA reports.
8:00 p.m.: Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisories for Massachusetts both end Saturday night.
6:15 p.m.: More than 1,800 pieces of equipment being used to clear roadways across Massachusetts, DOT says.
6:00 p.m.: Power outages up to 43,000 now in Mass.
5:30 p.m.: Power outages across Mass. now number in the 38,000s, MEMA says in its latest update. Driving conditions have also continued to worsen as the evening has progressed due to the ongoing storm.
Earlier on Saturday, the state’s Department of Transportation announced that all highway districts in Massachusetts are now in snow and ice operations. They added that more than 750 pieces of equipment are in use across Mass. to help clear the roadways.
4:00 p.m.: Snow has started falling in Boston. Additionally, MEMA’s latest update puts the number of residents in Mass. without power currently at more than 24,000.
3:20 p.m.: The number of people without power in Mass. has dropped to just over 15,000 as of 3:17 p.m., MEMA reported. As snow continues to fall across some parts of Mass., meteorologist Vicki Graf has the latest observed snow totals.
3:00 p.m.: Nearly 20,000 people in Massachusetts are without power now as this weekend’s winter storm continues to move across parts of New England, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
2:40 p.m.: Snow has been falling in parts of New Hampshire for multiple hours already on Saturday as a winter storm arrives in New England this weekend.
1:57 p.m.: Roughly 6,000 residents in Massachusetts are currently without power due to the winter storm.
12 p.m. Viewers from across Massachusetts have been sending in their pictures and videos all morning. Keep them coming and stay safe and warm!
11 a.m.: Everett is declaring a parking ban starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, according to Everett Chief of Police Steve Mazzie. He tweeted for people to move vehicles from restricted areas. For streets with two-sided parking, cars need to move to the odd side for the 2020-21 winter season.
10:30 a.m.: The City of Boston tweeted Saturday morning that the free COVID-19 testing site in East Boston has been moved to 79 Paris Street today from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. because of the snow.
The free testing site in Roxbury will stay at Washington Park Mall from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
10:25 a.m.: Some areas are seeing rain and others are starting to see snow and the line is changing over.
9 a.m.: Residents are stocking up before the snow really starts to hit, especially in Worcester County, which is expected to see 8 to 12 inches.
Friday, Dec. 4
Across the area on Friday, New Englanders prepared for a weekend snowstorm by stocking up on necessities.
Leticia Winters went to Market Basket in Leominster Friday night to get the essentials before the weather turns ugly.
“Some chili to stay warm; it’s going to be cold. Some milk and bread, you know, the basic necessities,” Winters said. “I’m living in the wrong part of the country. I hate snow.”
A WINTER STORM WATCH will be in effect all day Saturday north and west of Boston where snow will have the greatest impact on the area.
A HIGH WIND WATCH will be in effect Saturday afternoon and night along the South Shore, Cape and Islands for gusts possibly exceeding 50 mph.
At Home Depot, shoppers loaded snowblowers into their vehicles and bought shovels by the fistful.
“I grabbed three [shovels]. I figure, if we hate one, or one breaks or whatever, we got an extra,” said Nick Ellis of Fitchburg. “It looks like it might snow, it might rain. Classic New England weather, it can’t decide what it wants to do.”
For plow driver Alex Brown, the snow can’t come soon enough.
“I got some ice melt, a couple shovels. Getting ready for the snow tomorrow,” Brown said. “I love it. I love the snow. New England. It’s that time of year. It’s coming.”
Saturday will start with ALL rain locally. Cooling temperatures will move in Saturday afternoon and cause a change over to snow in much of the area. In fact, outside of 495 in northern and central MA, that change over will start mid to late morning. That’s where snowfall 6-10″ is possible. The Boston area will probably see close to 3″ with 1-3″ south of the city where the change doesn’t happen until mid or late afternoon. We’ll stick with all rain for the South Coast, Cape and Islands.
Meteorologist Vicki Graf shares an updated snow map.
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Worcester County and parts of NW Middlesex County. The Winter Storm Watch extends closer to the coast, does not include the coast or parts of southeastern Mass.
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Winter driving tips from MassDOT:
- Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights, even the hood and roof, before driving, (start with the tailpipe).
- Leave plenty of room for stopping
- Remember that the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
- Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
- Bridge decks freeze first. Due to the difference in the exposure to air, the surface condition can be worse on a bridge than on the approach road.
- Exit ramps are an even greater challenge during the winter since they may have received less anti-icing material than the main line.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows – stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.
- Seat belts should be worn at all times – it’s the law.
- Most importantly please remember to slow down.
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