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Snow blankets western Massachusetts overnight; Boston may get its first snowfall late Sunday

Despite the snowy conditions, Cayden Duryea, 11, left, TJ Smachetti, right, and Duryea's mother Leticia, back, were determined to keep the tradition of cutting down their perfect Christmas tree on the day after Thanksgiving alive at Chanticleer Farms on Friday in Pittsfield.STEPHANIE ZOLLSHAN — THE BERKS/Associated Press

The first snow of the season fell across New England on Friday, leaving residents in western Massachusetts with the state’s highest accumulations — nearly 9 inches in one town, according to the National Weather Service.

And more snow is likely to arrive late Sunday night into Monday morning, but with much lower accumulations expected across the state.

“Very minimal snow should have very minimal impacts,” said weather service meteorologist Torry Gaucher.

Dalton led the way in snow accumulation from Friday with 8.7 inches of snow, followed by Pittsfield, where 7 inches accumulated, according to a National Weather Service map of snowfall reports. The lowest totals were recorded in Worcester and Sturbridge — with 1.7 and 1.1 inches of snow respectively.


“Closer to the Boston corridor, snowfall was really only like trace amounts,” said weather service meteorologist Bill Leatham. “All the measurable snow really was across central Massachusetts and out into western Massachusetts.”

Residents got no reprieve from the chill on Saturday, as gusty winds whipped the state throughout the day, bringing temperatures down, forecasters said.

In Boston, the wind brought temperatures down 27 degrees just after 1 p.m. despite the sun, according to the weather service.

On Saturday night, temperatures are expected to fall to the low 20s as more clouds move in.

Sunday will bring much of the same, forecasters said, but with slower winds in the 3- to 8-mile-per-hour range. In Boston, precipitation could start after 4 p.m.

Interior parts of the state can expect between half an inch to an inch of snow late Sunday, while northwestern areas could see between 1 to 2 inches, Leatham said.

“There might be some measurable snowfall, but it’s really going to be dependent on how close you are to the coastline,” he said.

Boston will have a 40 percent chance of precipitation Sunday, and the city’s first chance of snow will come after 9 p.m., when the temperature is predicted to fall to 31 degrees but there would be little to no accumulation, forecasters said.


Monday will bring another possibility of snow in Boston before 1 p.m., but again with little to no accumulation, according to the National Weather Service. The chance of precipitation on Monday is 40 percent.

The workweek promises to bring a bit more warmth than the weekend with high temperatures around the low 40s each day, according to the weather service.

Charlie McKenna can be reached at charlie.mckenna@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @charliemckenna9.