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More than 500 still without power following Friday’s record-breaking snowfall

SUDBURY MA - 10/30/2020: First snow in the greater Boston area....a frosty pumpkin covered in snow on the doorstep in Sudbury. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

More than 500 households remained without power Saturday following Friday’s record-setting snowfall — which resulted in the snowiest October day in Boston history.

Across the state, 571 customers were still without power as of 11:15 p.m., according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the majority in the eastern part of Massachusetts. More than 12,000 customers were without power Friday afternoon.

In Boston, 4.3 inches of snow fell, shattering the previous single-day record of 1.1 inches on Oct. 29, 2005, according to the National Weather Service in Norton.

Friday’s snowfall also broke the record for most snowfall in October in Boston — also 1.1 inches.


“Obviously, it’s been the snowiest October on record” in Boston, said Hayden Frank, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. There have been other significant snowstorms in October, but "this time the snow went all the way to the coast, which is unusual.”

More than 6 inches of snow covered seven towns in Worcester County and Norfolk County, according to the National Weather Service. Grafton residents saw the most snow, with 7.6 inches as of 6:30 p.m. Friday.

No significant snowfall is expected in the near future, and temperatures are expected to rise into the 50s on Sunday. Light showers can be expected late Saturday into Sunday morning.

“Milder temperatures return Sunday with another period of widespread rainfall late Sunday and Sunday evening ahead of a strong cold front,” according to the weather service forecast discussion.

A few light snow or rain showers may occur Monday, according to the weather service. “Blustery and cold” conditions will continue through Tuesday, with temperatures rising above normal toward the end of the week.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 30s and 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday before climbing into the 60s Thursday through Saturday.


Matt Berg can be reached at matthew.berg@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mattberg33.