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State on track to trade gloom for nicer days

Angier Elementary School

Suzanne Kreiter / Globe Staff

Snow fell as school was let out at the Angier Elementary School Newton.

Much of the heavy, wet snow that a nor’easter dumped on Massachusetts Wednesday night had been washed away, but some light flakes fell Thursday in the central part of the state, according to the National Weather Service.

NStar worked Thursday after­noon to restore power to about 5,700 customers after trees and power lines were brought down by the storm’s high winds, mostly along the shore.

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Meanwhile, the forecast calls for the state to emerge from the November gloom into a string of nicer days ahead, with temperatures climbing ­toward 70 on Monday. The sun will return Friday.

The storm dumped a whopping 9.3 inches of snow on Southbridge, while Monson got 7.5 inches. Spencer and Worcester got about 6.5 inches, the weather service said.

Worcester broke its previous snowfall record for Nov. 7. The old record was 1.4 inches, which was set in 1953, weather service meteorologist Charlie Foley said.

Providence got 1.3 inches of snow, breaking the old record for the day set in 2010 when the city received a trace amount of snow. Hartford broke its old ­record set in 1953 for Nov. 7 of 0.2 inches when the city woke up to 1.6 inches, Foley said.

About 4 inches of snow were dumped on the summit of the Blue Hills, smashing the previous record for the day, according to the Blue Hills Observatory. The old record, set on Nov. 7, 1967, was 1 inch.

Snowfall amounts in the metropolitan area were higher than expected, Foley said.

“Some of the amounts did surprise us somewhat,” he said. “We thought there would be just enough to cover the roads, but we got a little bit more than that. But it’s not going to stick around.”

There was little time to ­enjoy the season’s first snowfall because most of it was washed away by late Thursday.

“It has pretty much all turned to rain so that’s going to wash away, even on the grass, any whiteness,” he said.

Temperatures in Boston had climbed to 39 by midafternoon Thursday. Light flurries continued to drift over Worcester, which had a temperature of 36.

Worcester “had everything,” Foley said. “They had sleet, went to rain, went back to snow.” The flakes falling right now may last into the evening commute but won’t amount to much more accumulation, he said.

“This is just nuisance stuff,” he said. “You might see some grassy areas inland still white, but it’ll all be gone over the weekend.”

High winds also rattled the state Wednesday night. A buoy in Buzzards Bay recorded a peak wind gust of 76 miles per hour, Foley said. East Falmouth saw gusts up to 71 miles per hour.

Peak wind gusts in the Cape and islands were about 60 miles per hour, according to the weather service. East Boston ­recorded a gust of 49 miles per hour.

Melissa Werthmann
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