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Snow blankets region, few problems reported

13.2 inches fall in Milford, and less in Boston

Marcella Bourassa, 2, waded through her first snowfall on Sunday in Milford.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Marcella Bourassa, 2, waded through her first snowfall on Sunday in Milford.

MILFORD — Two-year-old Marcella Bourassa held her first snowball Sunday morning, after a storm had blanketed her town with more than 13 inches of snow overnight.

“Tastes good,” she said later, despite repeated entreaties from her mother, Laura Bourassa, not to take samples.

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Bourassa, 28, said Marcella had been looking forward to playing in the snow for the first time.

“She’s been saying for the last three days, ‘Mama, snowman?’ ” she said.

Milford had enough snow to build a snowman, and then some.

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According to the National Weather Service, the storm, which began Saturday, had dropped 13.2 inches on Milford, the state’s highest tally, by Sunday morning. Northbridge received 11, and Southbridge and Shrewsbury measured 10 inches.

Foxborough saw 8 inches, and Natick had 9.5. Boston had just under 4.

The snowfall had stopped by early morning, and the forecast for New Year’s festivities called for wind and low temperatures, but no additional precipitation.

On Monday, a high-pressure system moving over the area should result in temperatures in the low 30s, but with west winds at 10 to 15 miles per hour, and gusts at 25 miles per hour, it’s “going to feel a little colder than that,” said weather service meteorologist Alan Dunham.

The new year will dawn Tuesday with bright sunshine, temperatures in the mid-30s, and winds at 15 to 20 miles per hour — and a slight chance of flurries.

During the weekend storm, Boston and State Police reported no major weather-related accidents. But there were scattered reports of problems, including a crash in Newton, where firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Sunday to extricate the driver of a pick-up truck that had slammed into a tree on Beacon Street, the Fire Department said.

The man was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

Newton Fire Chief Bruce Proia said the road was relatively clear at the time of the crash, but could have had some black ice. Speed was a factor, he said.

Back in Milford, Bourassa’s husband, Rick, 47, was using a snowblower to clear out a driveway the couple shares with a neighbor.

“At least the wind hasn’t kicked in yet,” Rick Bourassa said.

He generally does not mind snow, he said, but he pointed out that the weekend storm was the first major snowfall to hit the area this season.

“Talk to me after the third one,” he said.

Many people in and around Milford joined Bourassa in cranking up their snowblowers late Sunday morning, but families also found time to enjoy the picturesque winter landscape. Parents, small children, and at least one grandmother went sledding down the rolling hills of the Hopedale Country Club.

“I just love New England,” said Jim Bartro, 27, of Uxbridge, after pulling his 2-year-old son, Jackson, in a sled to the top of a hill. As a skier, he said, he is excited to see the snow.

“Last season was kind of a bummer,” Bartro said, noting the relative drought after the October 2011 nor’easter.

Boston had less snow, but plenty of markers that winter had hit the Hub, starting with a 12-hour parking ban that took effect at 9 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday afternoon in South Boston, all that disturbed the quiet on some streets was the sound of residents scraping and sweeping snow off their vehicles.

On O Street near East Fifth Street, another seasonal pastime was in full effect. Someone had placed a yellow beach chair on the street just off the curb, to save a parking space in an area known for its spot scarcity, especially after snowstorms.

Some neighborhood residents spent the afternoon at Medal of Honor Park, including Alyssa Pelletier, 28, who, along with her fiance, Mike Hackett, 30, was tossing a ball to the couple’s 10-month old labrador mix, Logan.

Pelletier said she welcomed the weekend whitewash.

“I think it’s about time it feels like winter.”

Milton J. Valencia of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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