For much of the week, the forecasts were shaky. The storm might drop 6 inches, perhaps 10, or even 14 on some parts of Massachusetts. It could bring mostly rain. No one was sure.
By day’s end Friday, some towns around Worcester were tucked under a blanket of snow two feet deep and Boston was buried in more than a foot. The snow had been falling for hours, with the system’s center located hundreds of miles offshore.