25/Jan/2015 // 235 Viewers
After the season’s first major snowfall left some areas of
Massachusetts with up to 9 inches of snow Saturday, residents are now
bracing for a potentially major storm expected to arrive Monday evening.
storm will probably intensify quickly and bring strong winds and a
significant accumulation of snow, said Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, a
meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton. She could
not estimate how many inches of snow would fall, but urged people to
“Everyone should pay attention to this pretty closely, because there
is the potential for this to be a very strong storm with a lot of snow,”
William Babcock, another National Weather Service
meteorologist, said late Saturday that the storm could make getting to
work more difficult.
“Potentially both commutes on Tuesday, morning and evening, could be affected,” he said.
Highs will be in the mid-20s Monday in Boston, Vallier-Talbot said, and
temperatures will drop to about 20 degrees overnight, then stay in the
low 20s Tuesday, which is below normal for the season.
Saturday’s snow had ended in most of the Bay State by mid-evening and
eventually was expected to leave behind as much as 8 inches near the
Interstate 495 belt and about 5 1/2 inches in Boston, where it began
falling around 5 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
of 10 p.m., about 9 inches of snow was reported in Lunenberg. Closer to
Boston, 6 inches had fallen in Chelsea, 3 1/2 inches in Peabody, and
about 7 1/2 inches in Shrewsbury, according to the National Weather
“There’s still some light snow out over Cape Cod
and the islands,” Babcock said just before 10 p.m. “It’s trending
downward there, too.”
With temperatures hovering near the freezing point throughout the
afternoon, precipitation alternated between snow and rain, meteorologist
Bill Simpson said.
The snow prompted officials to cancel SAT
exams at 13 high schools across the state, according to the College
Board website. Makeup exams will be administered on Feb. 7.
But on Boston Common, children and adults enjoyed the snow.
Lea, 31, of Arlington, Texas, pushed Vera Johnston, 32, down a hill on a
blue sled. The newly engaged couple was visiting Boston and excited to
see the snow.
“We went searching for a sled,” said Johnston. Lea
said the snow had hardened after the rainfall, but that made it “good
A few yards away, sisters Ella and Rose Baker, 3
and 5, were sledding with help from their parents, Amber and Graham, of
Wearing matching blue snow jackets, Ella and Rose
jumped on their sled, counting “one, two, three” in unison, before
Graham pushed them down the hill. The girls giggled all the way down.
As soon as the girls got to the Common, they wanted to play in the snow.
“They wanted to make snow angels immediately,” said their mom.
The Common was dotted with snowmen of varying sizes and people of all ages, sledding or just enjoying the wintry scene.
highways across Massachusetts, state transportation officials had 2,741
pieces of plowing and spreading equipment in operation, according to
spokesman MassDOT Mike Verseckes. The speed limit on the Massachusetts
Turnpike was reduced to 55 miles per hour from the New York line to
Boston, except for the stretch between Exits 6 and 11, where it was
reduced to 40 miles per hour.
A Cranston, R.I., man was killed
after he lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 495 in Hopkinton
around at 1:40 p.m., according to State Police. A tractor-trailer driver
behind the victim’s vehicle attempted to slow down when he saw what was
happening, but he collided with the vehicle.
identified as Makthra Men, 23, by the Middlesex District Attorney’s
office, was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester,
where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the tractor-trailer, a
33-year-old man from Northborough, was not injured.
highway was slushy at the time, it was not clear if the crash was
weather-related, according to State Police Trooper Dustin Fitch.
in the day, there were several other tractor-trailer crashes on the
Turnpike and I-495, said Fitch, but no serious injuries were reported.
I-495, the snow continued to be wet and heavy Saturday night, causing
slippery conditions for drivers, according to Simpson. Snow was drier
and fluffier in the western part of the state.
outages affected relatively few National Grid customers, including some
in Wrentham, where about 90 homes were without power at 10 p.m.,
according to the utility’s website.
At that time, about 330 NStar
customers were without power due to a series of small outages that
stretched from Sudbury to Marshfield.
The state will get a brief break Sunday before snow returns Monday.
Sunday will be relatively “nice,” Simpson said, with sunny skies and a high of 37.
amount of snow expected in a typical January is about 20 inches, said
Simpson, and if Monday’s storm leaves a significant accumulation, the
city could reach that figure.