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February or May? Snowfalls marks Mother’s Day weekend

Snow swirled around yellow pansies in Methuen on Saturday morning and left a white frosting on the ground.
Snow swirled around yellow pansies in Methuen on Saturday morning and left a white frosting on the ground.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The calendar might say it’s May, but it feels more like March outside.

Some Massachusetts residents woke up to a light coating of snow Saturday morning.

The Boston area saw a few morning flurries that melted quickly, according to the service. Worcester and Franklin counties bore the brunt of the snowfall, with Rowe recording 1.4 inches.

“It’s definitely unusual to be seeing accumulating snow in early May, but it’s not unheard of either,” Joe Joe Dellicarpini of the National Weather Service said.

Worcester reached a record low temperature for May 9 of 30 degrees, breaking a previous record of 31 degrees held since 1934.

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Snow also fell in New York City’s Central Park, marking the latest snowfall since 1977, the National Weather Service said.


Gusts from the northwest brought a morning wind chill in the 20s and into the 30s by the middle of the day.

The Cape saw wind speeds of over 30 miles per hour, as did Springfield. Authorities reported downed trees and power outages across the state by midday Saturday.

Saturday night will continue the wintry trend with a temperature low of 34 degrees and wind that may make it feel likes its in the teens.

Sunday is predicted to be markedly more springlike but still windy, with a high of 58 degrees and wind gusts as high as 36 miles per hour. The wind will partly abate as the day wears into night, with a temperature low of 46 degrees.

Monday is expected to bring rain, clouds, and possibly a thunderstorm, with a high of 62.

The following three days are predicted to be sunny and breezy, with highs of 57 on Tuesday, 59 on Wednesday, and 64 on Thursday.

The week is expected to finish out balmy but rainy, with showers predicted to start Thursday night and continue through Friday, which will see a high of 65 degrees.

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Amanda Kaufman can be reached at amanda.kaufman@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandakauf1.