The blizzard of 2015 has concluded, and as the region cleans up, meteorologists are taking stock of how the storm stacked up against New England weather of winters past.
The totals aren’t official yet, but it looks like the blizzard could fall short of the top five to hit Boston in recent history. However, other areas, especially around Worcester, saw record-breaking accumulations.
Auburn, Hudson, and Lunenburg each got three feet of snow, the highest levels reported in unofficial totals released by the National Weather Service Wednesday morning.
The Worcester airport got 34.5 inches, a single-storm record for the city.
Though Boston’s measurement of record is made at Logan International Airport, and shows 24.6 inches so far, there were higher accumulations in other parts of the metropolitan area.
The Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory in Milton says the blizzard of 2015 brought the second-highest snowfall there since 1885. At 30.8 inches, this week’s storm came in behind the 38.7 inches that fell between Feb. 24 and 28, 1969.
Notable snowfall measurements
National Weather Service
What’s a blizzard?
The National Weather Service has defined the storm as a blizzard because snow reduced visibility to less than a quarter-mile with winds gusting at least 35 miles per hour for three hours.
Marshfield sustained those conditions for 14 hours, Hyannis for 13.2, Nantucket for 11, and Boston/Logan for 9 hours. The blizzard concluded in the city at 9:54 a.m. Tuesday.
The strongest wind gusts reported were on the South Shore, Cape Cod and the Islands, which also saw many of the region’s power outages. Nantucket saw gusts up to 78 miles per hour, and Chatham recorded gusts at 75 miles per hour, the weather service said. Sustained winds hit 45 miles per hour in Hyannis.