Massachusetts pounded by wicked nor'easter; solar eclipse forecast looks 'really favorable'

Rick Sobey, Boston Herald on

Published in Weather News

Hopefully a lot of April showers bring a lot of May flowers.

A nasty early spring nor’easter pounded the region with snow, sleet, rain, wicked strong winds and coastal flooding on Thursday.

The storm sparked tens of thousands of power outages across Massachusetts, and vehicles were spinning out on the roads as police responded to numerous crashes.

“This was a pretty powerful storm for early spring,” Andrew Loconto, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Boston office, told the Boston Herald.

“Nothing we haven’t seen before, but no doubt a strong area of low pressure with very strong winds and coastal flooding,” he added.

The snow jackpot for the Bay State was in western Massachusetts, where 8.2 inches of snow was recorded in Hawley out in the Berkshires. More than 6 inches fell in Ashburnham in northern Worcester County, and more than 4 inches was measured in Townsend in northern Middlesex County.


Trees and power lines were knocked down amid the snow and strong wind gusts — which topped 70 mph along Cape Cod. Wind gusts on Revere Beach hit 62 mph, and Boston Logan International Airport recorded a 59 mph gust.

More than 30,000 Bay State households were in the dark at the peak of the storm Thursday morning, as utility companies raced to get the lights back on. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported 9,690 power outages as of 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Up in New Hampshire, where more than a foot of snow fell, more than 100,000 households were without power in the morning.

In addition to the outages, police were responding to crashes across the region. In Danvers, a 34-year-old Peabody man driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV went off the road on Route 1 north. The SUV grazed a telephone pole and then crashed squarely into a large tree. The man was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.


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