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Hundreds lose power as wet snow falls

A wet, heavy snow fell across Greater Boston Saturday afternoon.

John Tlumacki/Globe staff

A wet, heavy snow fell across Greater Boston Saturday afternoon.

Some residents of Boston and Cambridge lost power for more than an hour Saturday afternoon as wet, heavy snow fell across the region.

About 280 NStar customers in Roslindale were without power until just after 5 p.m. after a car struck a utility pole this afternoon. The accident, an NStar spokesman said, is believed to have been weather-related.

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Another 93 NStar customers in Cambridge were without power after one transformer went down due to the wet snow, said Paul Fraser, an NStar spokesman.

According to the National Weather Service, 2 inches of snow had fallen in Boston through midnight. Other parts of the state were hit harder, with the towns of Boylston in Worcester County and Tolland in Hampden County seeing 8 inches.

Forecasts did not expect much more precipitation on Sunday, though some leftover snow could fall pre-dawn before the weather warms up to the upper 30s.

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Massachusetts State Police were cautioning drivers to slow down on the wet roads and said speeds have been reduced on the Massachusetts Turnpike to 40 miles per hour. As of 4:30 p.m., no major accidents had been attributed to the snowfall.

“We’re seeing a lot of spinouts and minor crashes,” said Todd Nolan, a State Police spokesman, in an interview Saturday afternoon. “I don’t think anyone was expecting the amount of snowfall that came down today. But for such a fast-moving storm that dumped a decent amount on us, we’re actually in pretty good shape.”

Wesley Lowery can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @WesleyLowery.
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