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Nor’easter brings heavy snow, flooding to parts of Southern New England. Here’s how the storm unfolded.

A woman dashed across the street as waves flooded the street during a the storm in Revere.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

After a dramatic southern shift, a powerful winter storm that was expected to wallop the Greater Boston area left little snow behind on Tuesday.

Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod were hit with the heaviest snow, along with parts of Connecticut and Rhode Island, which saw more than a foot.

The storm also brought rain, strong winds, coastal flooding, and power outages to parts of Southern New England.

Here’s a look at how the day unfolded.


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February 13, 2023

 

Nor’easter dumps over a foot of snow in Conn. — 5:00 p.m.

By Marianne Mizera, Globe Staff

With the snowstorm everyone was bracing for having moved out of New England by late Tuesday afternoon, some of the top snowfall totals were reported in Connecticut and portions of Rhode Island.

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Some of the top snowfall totals reported throughout Southern New England included:

Massachusetts

  • Dudley -- 9.3 inches
  • Sandwich -- 8 inches
  • Charlton - 8.2 inches

Rhode Island

  • Scituate area - 10.5 inches
  • Foster - 10 inches
  • Richmond - 9 inches

Connecticut

  • Farmington - 15.5 inches
  • Bristol - 12 inches
  • Tolland - 12.5 inches
  • Southington - 11.2 inches

For an up-to-date look at more town-by-town totals, visit the Globe’s live snowfall tracker here.


High tides, flooding shut down roads in Mass. — 4:30 p.m.

By Travis Andersen, Globe Staff

Flooding from Tuesday’s storm forced multiple thoroughfares to shut down in Greater Boston, according to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Major streets that were closed included:

• Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, inbound and outbound from Freeport Street to UMass Boston.

• Quincy Shore Drive northbound in Quincy from Furnace Brook Parkway to Fenno Street.

• Winthrop Parkway in Revere between Broadsound and Endicott avenues.

• Hull Shore Drive Extension in Hull.

The agency said in a statement at 2:30 p.m. that the closures were effective immediately “until further notice.”

Flooding also occurred Tuesday at Long Wharf in downtown Boston. The tides at Boston Harbor had reached an estimated 13.3 feet shortly before 1:50 p.m., easily passing the flood stage of 12.5 feet, the National Weather Service said. And in Scituate, town officials had warned of possible flooding concerns, saying that Cedar Point, Cole Parkway and Central Avenue in Humarock were flooded.

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A worker checked flooding at the outdoor patio at the Chart House restaurant on Long Wharf during the storm.Lane Turner/Globe Staff

Hardy Nantucket businesses stay open during Tuesday’s storm — 3:45 p.m.

By Beth Treffeisen, Globe Correspondent

After a rainy and windy morning, the conditions on the island quickly transitioned to wet, heavy snow in the afternoon. Roadways turned to slush as plows tried to keep up with the storm.

The wind and sleet made it almost impossible to walk towards the harbor. Only a few businesses remained open, including Jewel In The Sea on Straight Wharf Street.

Despite the barren streets, the store manager, Susan Schrader, said business was brisk in the morning with Nantucket hospital workers and contractors preparing for Valentine’s Day.

Schrader said that with the storm picking up, she still has “no concern at all” about flooding from this storm, which can happen on adjacent Easy Street. On Tuesday afternoon though, her optimism wasn’t warranted, as the street flooded.

By early afternoon, the Steamship Authority and the Hyline had canceled all ferries to and from the Cape for the day. Schools were also closed.

But restaurants were open for hungry construction workers at lunchtime heading to Island Coffee Roasters and Stubbys on Broad Street.

“It’s usually just gray all the time,” said Emma Kopp, who opened the Island Coffee Roasters with her father six months ago. “This is exciting.”

Next door at Stubbys, there was also a steady stream of customers. Gita Mali says the restaurant always stays open, no matter the weather. People across the island travel there because they trust their doors will be unlocked.

The trick, she said, is that the cook lives upstairs.

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Easy Street was flooded during the afternoon high tide in Nantucket.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Out-of-towners head to Scituate for view of crashing waves — 3:30 p.m.

By Daniel Kool, Globe Correspondent

Patrick Reardon stood at the intersection of Turner and Jericho Roads in Scituate with his daughter, 4-year-old Ella, perched on his shoulders. Bundled in raincoats and tall boots, the pair watched wave after wave crash over the seawall, spraying them with a salty mist.

Reardon said they drove down from Cohasset after seeing their street covered in seafoam earlier in the afternoon.

"If it’s like that there, I know it’s going to be like this here," Reardon said, pointing to a wave as it crashed onto the roof of a house with boarded up windows. "We love the salt in the summer. It’s the same stuff."

He said the pair often comes to Scituate to watch the whitecaps roll in. Reardon asked his daughter how Tuesday’s waves compared to some of what they’d seen before.

“This is bigger,” she replied, confident in her answer.

Nor'easter causes massive waves and flooding in Scituate, MA
A nor’easter passed through Southern New England Tuesday, causing massive waves and flooding in Scituate. (Olivia Yarvis/Globe Staff, Daniel Kool/Globe Staff)

Man seriously injured after crash with snow plow on Route 2 in Westminster, officials say — 3:24 p.m.

By Ava Berger, Globe Correspondent

A 20-year-old Gardner man suffered serious injuries Tuesday morning after his car struck the back of a snow plow on Route 2 in Westminster, State Police said.

Police responded around 9 a.m. to Route 2 East at the 90 mile marker in Westminster, David Procopio, a spokesperson for the State Police, said in a statement.

The man was driving a 2004 Toyota Camry when he hit the back of a Peterbilt Dump Truck that had an attached snow plow, Procopio said.

“Preliminary indications are that the speed of the Camry and road and weather conditions were contributing factors, but the investigation is ongoing,” he said.

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Floodwaters breach Revere neighborhoods — 3:00 p.m.

By Erin Douglas, Globe Staff

Several homes were at risk of flooding Tuesday afternoon in Revere.

Near Gibson Park around 2:15 p.m., City Councillor Angela Guarino-Sawaya said several inches of water had flooded streets in her community, and it was creeping up to the foundations of multiple homes in the area.

She was in the middle of putting sandbags in front of a home on River Avenue when she answered the phone.

“This is crazy,” she said of the flooding. “It’s really high.”

Pines River had flooded much of Mills Avenue, she said. Guarino-Sawaya and a public works employee had just finished blocking the floodwaters from one of the residential streets when they got a call: Another home was at risk of flooding.

“I gotta go,” she said.


A vehicle was surrounded by water in a parking lot during the storm by Old Dock Street in Scituate.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

A flooded parking lot in Scituate is a snow-day wonderland — 2:40 p.m.

By Daniel Kool, Globe Correspondent

Around 2 p.m., neighbors Diana Gallagher and Ashley Dube drove Gallagher’s SUV into the flooded parking lot along Cole Parkway, the rear seats full of a handful of cheering children.

The two families live in Norwell, just a few streets from the Scituate town line, where school was cancelled. So they decided to venture toward the water.

“The kids have never seen something like this,” Gallagher said. She said they usually come to the Coleman parking lot for the summer Heritage Festival.

The Norwell residents were among more than a dozen area residents who stepped through the parking lot, taking photos and videos on their phones.

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“We wanted to see the waves,” Dube said, drawing another round of laughter and applause from the four children in back, who stuck their heads out of the windows of the car’s sunroof to watch the flooding.

A visitor was obscured by crashing waves at the seawall on Ocean Street during the fast-moving Nor’easter in Marshfield.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Photos: Winter storm causes flooding — 1:59 p.m.

By Kevin Martin, Globe Staff

The winter storm caused flooding in coastal Massachusetts towns like Revere and Winthrop.


Though storm lacks punch, it’s good snowball snow — 1:46 p.m.

By Carlos R. Muñoz, Globe Staff

Tuesday’s snowstorm lacked the punch most forecasters had predicted, but it left a coat of fluffy wet snow that packed like clay and was perfect for making snowballs, snow forts, and snow people.

The lack of snow depth and a layer of water drew dirt from the ground and turned snowballs into mudmen – typifying this winter’s cycle of rain, mud, and flooding.

Even though Tuesday’s winter storm didn’t materialize into a power nor’easter, temperatures hovered around 30 degrees, which experts say is perfect for packing snow.

Tom Niziol, a meteorologist at The Weather Channel, said the best conditions for snowman-making happen around 31 degrees.

“When the temperature is sitting around that freezing mark, it’s really perfect because it holds enough water so you can make a nice compact snowball or a snowman,” Niziol said in a YouTube video on making a snowman.

“If the temperature is much colder, you get a drier and a fluffier snowfall. It’s great for skiing but not very good for snowman making.”

The fluffy, wet snow that fell Tuesday at Blackstone River State Park in Lincoln, R.I., turned snowballs into mud people. Carlos R. Muñoz / Globe Staff

Storm knocks out power for some in Rhode Island, Cape Cod — 1:40 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe Staff

The nor’easter moving through southern New England on Tuesday has not produced blockbuster snow totals, but it has knocked out power for some, particularly on Cape Cod and in Rhode Island.

About 8,700 electric customers are without power across Massachusetts as of 1:30 p.m. The outages are concentrated on the Cape, with about 4,000 of those located in Barnstable, and another 1,812 in nearby Sandwich.

In Rhode Island, about 1,500 customers are without power, with about a third of them in South Kingstown.

See the full list of power outages here.


Mayor Wu, school officials weigh in on decision to close schools for snow day — 1:30 p.m.

By Christopher Huffaker, Globe Staff

Dozens of New England school districts closed for snow days Tuesday, with the snow itself not complying for much of the region.

After earlier forecasts predicted more snow, Boston’s Mayor Michelle Wu announced Monday morning that Massachusetts’ largest district was canceled Tuesday. However, neighboring Newton’s Mayor Ruthanne Fuller — already needing to make up over two weeks lost to a strike — waited until Tuesday morning before announcing school would be in session. But how are the decisions made?

Wu said Tuesday that city officials erred on the side of caution in canceling school for the day, even though the expected morning snowfall failed to materialize in Boston.

Speaking during her regular appearance on GBH, Wu said weather models "had really converged about 24 hours before on a pretty significant snow event right during the morning commute, and it dissipated over the rest of the day."

The mayor said city officials wanted to “give families as much notice as possible to make their plans.”

District spokesman Max Baker said the district didn’t want to wait until Monday evening to cancel school, leaving families less time to find childcare.

Read the full story.


Roads begin to flood in Scituate — 1:26 p.m.

By Daniel Kool, Globe Correspondent

By 12:50 p.m., the stretch of road that connects the Scituate Lighthouse to the mainland was covered by several inches of water. Trucks and SUVs drove slowly, creating a wake as they attempted to avoid getting stuck on the peninsula.

Minutes earlier, standing at the base of the lighthouse, fog and snow obscured views of Crow Point — less than a half mile away. Meanwhile, waves shot over the sea wall along Turner Road and plumes of white mist shot up, splashing onto second-story balconies.

Town Administrator Jim Boudreau surveyed the sea from the lighthouse parking lot before stepping into a borrowed Harbormaster truck to escape the heavy winds.

In around six years, Boudreau said Tuesday’s storm was among the worst he has seen. He said the key to navigating the afternoon was making sure the town had necessary equipment and personnel to adapt to whatever happens.

“If you stay out here, you’ll get stuck here at high-tide,” he warned, starting up the engine. the truck. “I wouldn’t stay here too much longer.” lot of stress on our coastal infrastructure.”

The tide is expected to peak around 1:45 p.m.

“If you stay out here, you’ll get stuck here at high-tide,” he warned, starting up the engine. the truck. “I wouldn’t stay here too much longer.”


Early snow totals show highest amounts in Central Mass., Connecticut, Rhode Island — 1:12 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe Staff

Early snow totals from the nor’easter sweeping through the region show plenty of 8+ inch readings in Connecticut, while parts of Central Massachusetts and Rhode Island also saw more than six inches so far.

Data collected from the National Weather Service shows Charlton with the most snow in Massachusetts so far, with 8.2 inches as of 11:14 a.m. In Rhode Island, nearly 9 inches have fallen in Scituate as of 11:10 a.m., and about a foot has fallen in Bristol, Conn., as of about noon.

According to forecasters, the storm will continue to drop snow in southeastern Massachusetts as it moves east, and totals there are expected to increase. Follow our snowfall tracker through the afternoon, which automatically updates with the latest readings from the National Weather Service.


Photos: MBTA monitors winter storm — 12:55 p.m.

By Kevin Martin, Globe Staff

Employees kept a close eye on tracks and bus routes at their High Street Operations Center in Boston.


In Cambridge, rain turns to snow — 12:15 p.m.

By Danny McDonald, Globe Staff

A steady rain turned to wet snow in Cambridge late Tuesday morning, although the precipitation had yet to accumulate on any of the streets or sidewalks as of noontime.

Several plow trucks lined up on Broadway, near Sennott Park, waiting to be deployed. A few blocks away, the usually bustling Central Square was a relative ghost town. People were bundled up against the elements, holding onto umbrellas or pulling the hoods of their jackets down low. A couple of workers in fluorescent vests spread rock salt on the sidewalk in front of the entrance to the MBTA station.


Rhode Island Blood Center urgently calls for donors — 12:00 p.m.

By Ed Fitzpatrick, Globe Staff

The Rhode Island Blood Center is issuing an urgent call for donors Tuesday, after the snowstorm resulted in the closure of all donor centers and cancellation of all mobile drives, resulting in the loss of nearly 400 donations.

“This is the first time in several years that a weather event has forced the full closure of all donor activities at RIBC, which will have a tremendous impact on the local blood supply,” said Beau Tompkins, vice president of Rhode Island Blood Center.

“I am personally asking that everyone roll up their sleeves and come out to donate when safe, so we can ensure there will be blood on the shelves for patients to receive life-saving treatment.”

The storm could prove to be the first in a one-two punch for the blood center, as next week marks February vacation for many schools in the area, which is also a difficult time for donations, due to travel and changes in parents’ work schedules.

Additionally, the nation is facing a 50 percent decline in youth blood donors, who account for at least 25 percent of the blood supply.

“Patients are in need of blood transfusions every two seconds and that need cannot take a snow day,” said Caitlin Grimaldi-Flick, marketing and communications manager for Rhode Island Blood Center.

“This is a unique opportunity to be part of an elite group of heroes by donating blood and saving lives in our community.”

The blood center is urging everyone to donate at least once per season in 2024, and encouraging donors to book their next appointments. To make an appointment call (401) 453-8383 or visit ribc.org.


MassDOT highway administrator says overnight freeze expected — 11:33 a.m.

By Daniel Kool, Globe Correspondent

Jonathan Gulliver, highway administrator at the Department of Transportation, said Tuesday’s storm was shaping up to lighter than the agency had originally anticipated, speaking over the phone just before 11 a.m.

“This is a much different storm than we had been talking about yesterday at this time,” Gulliver said.

Gulliver said MassDOT had just under 2,200 pieces of equipment — including plows, salters, and sand trucks — up from about 1,500 at 7 a.m., when the storm was just forming.

Gulliver said drivers should try to stay off the roads in the middle of the day, especially around the South Shore and in central Massachusetts, south of the Mass Pike.

MassDOT is largely focused on salting and sanding roads to try to prevent a buildup of snow, according to Gulliver. But he said an overnight freeze was likely.

“We expect to see a sharp drop in temperature after this ends. And because this is a very heavy, wet kind of snow, there’s going to be a lot of moisture on the road that’s prone to freezing,” Gulliver said. “So we’re going to keep a lot of our crews on well into tonight.”

Despite the freeze, though, he said the agency expects Wednesday morning’s commute to be “fine.”


‘It’s going to turn to slush’: Storm-weary Nantucket unfazed by nor’easter — 11:28 a.m.

By Beth Treffeisen, Globe Correspondent

As the storm slowly descended on the island, residents went out to watch the waves kick up at Cisco Beach. Some ate their breakfast and another smoked his morning cigarette.

Kim LaRue, who has lived on the island for nearly six decades, has watched erosion slowly erode Nantucket’s beaches and roadways her whole life. Her mother, who is 86, said the road leading to Cisco Beach used to extend out another mile. Now it is cut off, falling onto the beach.

But, LaRue said, the storms have been picking up lately. She said the last major storm in January probably took 10 feet from the beach. LaRue waved off this storm.

“It’s going to turn to slush,” said LaRue as her hair whipped in the wind. “I never worry about it.”

Despite her prediction, up to 9 inches of snow were forecast for the Cape and the Islands, and gusts as high as 60 m.p.h.

In preparation for the storm, the Steamship Authority canceled all but its 6:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. car-ferry departures to and from the Cape. The Hy-Line has canceled its morning ferries thus far. Both piers were empty of passengers. Schools are closed.

Flooding is a concern downtown as the tide creeps up and the winds push from the north. Police put up barricades in anticipation of flooding, Lieutenant Angus MacVicar said before the storm.

Downtown roads have flooded in past nor’easters, and MacVicar said simply, “They will flood again.”

Old Christmas trees and eroded pavement mark the end of the road at Cisco Beach.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Winter storm slows down traffic, commuters in southern Massachusetts, parts of Rhode Island — 11:13 a.m.

By Kevin Martin, Globe Staff

In southern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island, the winter storm is creating treacherous road conditions.


Plows, salt-trucks at the ready in Hanover — 11:00 a.m.

By Daniel Kool, Globe Correspondent

Around a dozen plow trucks sat in the parking lot of a Department of Transportation maintenance facility in Hanover at 10:20 a.m., standing by — engines and lights on — for orders to begin clearing the roads. By then, the rain had mostly shifted to snowflakes, but ground cover remained minimal.

Salt trucks flowed in and out of the lot, with rooftop lights flashing yellow. Bundled-up workers spoke to one another through open windows.

A couple blocks away, behind the Hanover Mall, workers with Stanley Tree Service stood in the snow next to a half-dozen bucket trucks. Crews carried bags of salt through the mall parking lot.

State Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said the department uses a localized system of command, in which managers on the ground across MassDOT’s six districts communicate with the central ice and snow desk in South Boston to determine what equipment is needed and when.

“They make a real-time call on the ground based on what there seeing,” Gulliver said, shortly before 11 a.m. “We have a lot of redundancy.”

He said Scituate and the surrounding region, “where some of the worst of the storm [is] rolling in,” will likely see more plows than elsewhere in the state around midday.


Disappointing New England snow storm is a symptom of climate change — 11:00 a.m.

By Sabrina Shankman, Globe Staff

When 6-year-old Evelyn Warner tucked into bed in Dorchester on Monday night, she had every reason to believe she’d be waking up to every New England kid’s dream: piles of fresh, fluffy snow.

Instead, she woke up to a rainy day.

“I’m really sad,” she said, as she and her 8-year-old brother bustled off to a consolation playdate. “I wanted to go sledding and it’s really hard to go sledding without any snow.”

Such was life across the Boston area on Tuesday morning, as the earlier forecast of a foot-plus of the white stuff gave way to a rainy morning and the hope of a few inches later in the day. As the planet warms, that disappointment has become a recurring theme — and one that’s expected to increase in the future.

Since the year 2000, the number of days with snow cover has declined across the world, and especially in southern New England, which has lost nearly a month of its annual snow cover, according to a study published this summer in the journal Climate.

Read the full story.


Rhode Island suburbs see heavy snow, picturesque views — 10:50 a.m.

By Felice J. Freyer, Globe Staff

Here in the suburbs northwest of Providence, the heavy snow brings us a landscape hushed and picturesque. It seems only dog walkers have ventured out.



Show us your snow photos and videos — 10:35 a.m.

By Jenna Reyes, Globe Staff

With just about a month left until the official start of spring, a fast-moving storm is making its way through New England Tuesday morning.

As the storm moves south, snow accumulations are expected to be the highest in Southeastern Mass. and on the Cape.

In Greater Boston, people are dealing with mostly rain but that precipitation is expected to turn into snow by the afternoon.

What’s it looking like where you live? Are you seeing any snow in your area? If so, we’d love to see your photos.

You can share your snow pictures and videos with us here, or text them to us at 617-744-7007.

A dog sniffs the snowy grass in Norton, MA.Leanne Burden Seidel/Globe Staff

Somerville lifts snow emergency — 10:15 a.m.

By Steve Annear, Globe Staff

City officials announced that the snow emergency put in place Monday night — ahead of what they believed would be a severe storm — was lifted as of 10 a.m. due to the sudden and “radical shift in forecast” that left the area with more puddles than snow piles as of early morning. As part of lifting the emergency, “normal parking rules will resume,” officials said in a statement.”Due to the significant turn-around in the forecast, Mayor Ballantyne halted snow emergency ticketing late Monday night, ordered that no cars be towed for the emergency, and she waived all snow emergency tickets issued on Monday,” officials said.

Storefronts along Scituate shore prepare for possible coastal flooding — 10:10 a.m.

By Daniel Kool, Globe Correspondent

Sandbags sat outside the CVS on Scituate’s Front Street around 9:30 a.m., put out by workers the night before, according to operations manager Edwina Barnes. The parking lot flooded her store two weeks earlier, and she was worried about a repeat.

Barnes said the lot often floods during high tide, and the water has, at times, made it into the store.

“It just comes like a little bit, like this,” she said, holding her hand flat an inch or two above the carpeted floor. “But it will come all the way across the front of the store and then down the first couple aisles.”

In two decades at the location, Barnes said she’s seen the store flood “many” times. Once, in 2015, two employees had to be evacuated by the National Guard, she said.

“I’m actually really scared” about Tuesday’s storm, she said.


Mayor Wu orders a 4 p.m. end to snow emergency in Boston — 9:55 a.m.

By John R. Ellement, Globe Staff

Mayor Michelle Wu announced the impending end of the emergency around 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, and provided some good news for car owners.

“Given sudden and drastic changes to the forecast, no vehicles were towed for violating the parking ban overnight and the City will continue to pause on ticketing or towing until the parking ban is officially lifted at 4 p.m.,” the statement by the mayor’s office reads.

Boston Public Schools will open on Wednesday. Boston Public Library branches and the BCYF community centers will also reopen, Wu said.

Read the full story.


Hundreds of flights canceled at Logan Airport — 9:20 a.m.

By Shannon Larson, Globe Staff

As a winter storm moved through Southern New England, bringing heavy snow and gusty winds, flight cancellations and delays were reported at Logan International Airport in Boston.

As of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, 224 flights had been canceled and 28 flights delayed, according to FlightAware. The airlines that accounted for the greatest number of cancellations included Cape Air, JetBlue, and Republic.


Downtown Providence silent as snow falls — 9:04 a.m.

By Alexa Gagosz, Globe Staff

Streets were deserted in Providence’s usually bustling Downtown and Jewelry District neighborhoods. Few businesses are open, but a handful of construction workers are still working on the state health lab.


‘I just need a shovel’ — 8:57 a.m.

By Alexa Coultoff, Globe Correspondent

Inside Ace Hardware in Jamaica Plain, regular David Doyle, 60, got a friendly greeting.

“I just need a shovel,” Doyle said. The owner of Tres Gatos, a Jamaica Plain restaurant, Doyle described himself as the sole snow shoveler of the establishment’s sidewalks when snow falls – though he tries to encourage his younger team of staff to help.

“But magically, no one else likes to shovel,” he said Monday afternoon, before the new forecast downgraded snowfall predictions for Greater Boston.

At JP’s City Feed and Supply grocery store, Jenny and Chris Rohn were calmly browsing the produce shelves. The couple laughed when asked about storm preparation, saying they only ventured out to buy limes for the drinks they plan to make while riding out the storm.

“I was kind of like ‘Ehh, is it really going to be a big storm?’ “ Chris said, mentioning the lack of supply shopping they did.

“We have enough food in the house for a couple days if something crazy happens,” Jenny added.

Ultimately, the couple views the storm day as another excuse to stay inside, similar to how they felt during the pandemic.”I think we’re used to it,” Jenny said.


R.I. governor ‘strongly urging’ people to stay off the roads — 8:50 a.m.

By Brittany Bowker, Globe Staff

Schools across Rhode Island were closed or doing distance learning on Tuesday as the latest storm hit the Ocean State, with snow totals reaching about 4.9 inches in East Providence as of around 7:30 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Governor Dan McKee announced that state offices would be closed on Tuesday due to the weather. He tweeted at around 7 a.m. “strongly urging” Rhode Islanders to stay off the road.

“Let the plows do their jobs,” he wrote. “Be safe.”

City buildings in Providence were also closed for the day on Tuesday, and Mayor Brett Smiley also asked residents to avoid driving.

“If you must work in person, please consider leaving 30 minutes to 1 hour earlier than usual to ensure you have time to travel safely,” he tweeted.

Roads across the state were slick with snow and ice Tuesday morning, Department of Transportation traffic cameras showed. By 8:30 a.m., those cameras appeared to be offline.

McKee said the state prepared 450 plows and 60,000 tons of salt for the storm. Rhode Island Energy also brought in 75 additional line crews and forestry teams, the governor said.

Read the full story.


Rick Pitino’s return to Providence will go on as scheduled — 8:47 a.m.

By Dan McGowan, Globe Staff

Classes are canceled at Providence College, but basketball will still be played tonight.

The men’s basketball team is hosting St. John’s at 7 p.m. at the Amica Mutual Pavilion, as former Friars’ coach Rick Pitino makes his much-anticipated return to Providence leading the Red Storm.

Pitino and St. John’s players arrived in Providence Monday ahead of the snow, so the teams will be allowed to play a crucial Big East game even though Rhode Island is expected to be blitzed with snow throughout the day.

The game will be aired on the CBS Sports Network.


See the rain/snow line as a nor’easter sweeps through — 8:38 a.m.

By John Hancock and Christina Prignano, Globe Staff

A nor’easter is moving through southern New England on Tuesday, and while many areas are seeing snow, others are experiencing rain. According to forecasters, the storm is expected to drop a few inches of snow in the Boston area before moving out in the evening.

Check out the live radar.


As storm moves south, snow accumulations expected to be highest in Southeastern Mass. and Cape — 8:32 a.m.

By Dave Epstein, Globe Correspondent

A fast-moving low-pressure area will cut south of New England, bringing a swath of rain and snow to much of the area Tuesday. Although we are not going to see the intensity of precipitation that was expected early Monday, there will still be some snow after a period of rain this morning.

Travel will be most impacted later this morning and early into the evening across Cape Cod and portions of Southeastern Massachusetts where the snow is heaviest and wet. If you need to travel most roads will be wet or slushy. For Greater Boston, the “worst” would be early this afternoon, but even then you can still get around.

Because this is a very fast-moving system, I expect it to be out of Boston perhaps even before sunset and clearing the rest of Southeastern Massachusetts by 7 p.m.

Read the latest forecast.


In Scituate, locals brace for storm’s familiar impacts — 8:25 a.m.

By Daniel Kool, Globe Correspondent

As an early rain fell over Scituate, some locals flocked to the waterfront to catch a glimpse of the forming storm.

Residents, from the Scituate Lighthouse to the Lucky Finn Cafe, warned that the neck heading toward the lighthouse tends to flood around high tide, and that effect could be worsened by the storm, but locals know when to avoid the area.

A coastal flood warning has been issued along the entire coast.

Liz Cook, who lives in Scituate’s West End, had the day off from work, so she took her husband on a morning drive to the lighthouse — well before the tides would render the spot inaccessible.

As she stood taking photos of the harbor around 7:45 a.m., she said Tuesday’s storm would be “just another day.”

Cook’s storm-prep plans were “just putting the car in the garage so I don’t have to clean it off. That’s about it,” she said, laughing over gusting winds.

Though Cook said her home, some 3 miles from shore, would be safe from flooding and surging waves, she was worried about losing power.

“We lose trees a lot,” Cook said. “When we lose power in the West End, it takes forever.”


Waking up on a snow day .... to no snow — 8:20 a.m.

By Brooke Hauser, Globe Staff

One reporter got an early earful this morning when their child discovered none of the fluffy white stuff outside their door.

"Mom?

Mom?!

Mom!

Mommy?

Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom."


Snow totals mounting with 7 inches of snow already reported in Conn. — 8:02 a.m.

By Marianne Mizera, Globe Staff

Snow has been falling at a fast clip in southeastern Massachusetts and throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut Tuesday morning, already piling up with up to 7 inches reported in some areas.

The snow started just before sunrise and by 7:30 a.m. and already 7 inches had been reported in West Hartford, according to the National Weather Service in Norton. Globe meteorologist Dave Epstein said “some heavy snow bands” have moved into the region with some places “seeing 1 to 2 inches (of snow) per hour.”

Other reported snow totals include:

• 7 inches in West Hartford

• 3.2 inches in East Hartford

• 1.3 inches in North Attleborough

• 1.3 inches in Warren

• 1 inch in Swansea

• 2.5 inches in West Greenwich

• 2.3 inches in Smithfield

Visit our live snowfall tracker to follow snow accumulations.


It’s snowing a lot in Connecticut — 7:47 a.m.

By John Ellement, Globe Staff

The National Weather Service in Norton noted early Tuesday morning that a significant snowfall is happening — in Connecticut.

“Adding up quickly just southwest of Hardford, CT!,” forecasters posted on their X account with the slight typo on the city’s name.

Forecasters reposted a Connecticut man who describes himself as a “weather enthusiast.”


Around Boston, residents awaken to ... no snow — 7:37 a.m.

By Steve Annear, Globe Staff

Early Tuesday morning, as the darkness made way for light, not a single snowflake could be seen falling from the sky.

The only glitter and twinkle came from the pre-treated roadways and sand spread along sidewalks, measures taken in anticipation of what many thought could be an intense winter storm.

The roads felt roomier, with cars parked all to one side due to a parking ban, and the usual crush of morning traffic to get out of the city and to drop students off at school non-existent. The daily construction work in and around the Spring Hill neighborhood was at a standstill.

By 7:30 a.m., the temperature seemed to drop, but just a few wet spots from either pending drizzle or a few outcast snowflakes were the only signs of wintry weather that dotted people’s windshields.


Waltham reminds residents to clear snow away from fire hydrants — 7:31 a.m.

By Emily Sweeney, Globe Staff

The Waltham Fire Department is reminding people to keep snow away from fire hydrants.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, at midnight, the city’s fire department recommended that residents shovel out a perimeter of 3 feet around the hydrant and clear a path from the hydrant to the street.

“Waltham Fire Dept. is responsible for shoveling out hydrants, however you can help them help you by shoveling out the nearest hydrants to your property,” the post said. “When there’s a fire, seconds matter!”


In Cambridge, officials keep libraries, administrative buildings open — 7:15 a.m.

By Steve Annear, Globe Staff

Cambridge wasn’t so quick to follow in the footsteps of neighboring communities as a storm headed to the region this week.

While schools are closed for students Tuesday, officials stopped short of enacting a parking ban for residents.

“The City is not declaring a Snow Emergency Parking ban,” officials said on X late Monday night, hours after other cities had declared snow emergencies. Officials also are keeping administrative buildings and the public libraries open Tuesday, they said on social media.

As for some other city services, like curbside trash, recycling, and compost pick-up, those have been canceled.

Meanwhile, Somerville put a parking ban in effect and declared a parking ban earlier in the day Monday.

The decision was based on the weather models at that time.

“Based on current weather forecasts, the City is declaring a snow emergency effective 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12,” officials said in an announcement. “Beginning at 7 p.m., cars will have 4 hours (until 11 p.m.) to move to the ODD side of the street. Any exceptions will be noted by nearby signs.”


Malden lifts snow emergency ‘effective immediately’ — 7:10 a.m.

By Hayley Kaufman, Globe Staff

Malden announced Tuesday morning that it would lift its snow emergency “effective immediately.”

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, at 6:46 a.m., the city announced it would also lift the start of winter parking regulations. Regular parking rules are in effect, officials said.


State courts in Massachusetts are closed Tuesday — 6:45 a.m.

By John R. Ellement, Globe Staff

State courts in Massachusetts are closed on Tuesday due to the expected snowstorm.

“Trial Court leaders have announced the closure of courts statewide on Tuesday, February 13, due to the timing and impact of the storm,” the announcement read.

One trial the decision impacts is the case of Emanuel Lopes, the man charged with killing Weymouth police Sergeant Michael Chesna and 77-year-old Vera Adams in 2018. Jurors on Monday told the judge they were deadlocked, but they were ordered to resume deliberations when court reopens.


Newton waited — and schools, city hall are open — 6:20 a.m.

By John R. Ellement, Globe Staff

Newton waited. And waited.

And at 4:33 a.m. Tuesday, Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller announced a response to the threatened snowstorm in the city where the longest teachers strike in recent Massachusetts history just ended.

“Heaviest Snow Moving South — City/Schools Open,” she wrote in an email.

“The storm forecasts have trended south and, with temperatures above freezing for most of the day, snow will have difficulty accumulating on paved surfaces,” she wrote.

There was some cancellations, however. Trash collection, for example.

“Trash and recycling is postponed by our contractor, Waste Management, by one day starting today and continuing the rest of the week,” she wrote.

The city’s ride share, NewMO, is also not operating today.

“Everything else is continuing but please take it slower when you’re driving and look out closely for others,” Fuller wrote.


Here are the rules for Boston’s space savers — 5:50 a.m.

By Danny McDonald, Globe Staff

They are the contentious emblems of a Boston winter: a chair, trash can, or cone in the middle of a freshly shoveled-out parking spot.

Space savers. They have prompted slashed tires and fisticuffs in Brighton, threatening notes in East Boston, smashed windows in Dorchester, poems in South Boston, and exasperation all over the city. Typically, contention sparks when someone removes a space saver from a spot, attracting the ire of whoever took the time to shovel out the space.

Here’s what to know.


See how the snowstorm will unfold — 5:35 a.m.

By Marianne Mizera, Globe Staff

Southern New England could see anywhere from 2 inches to 8 inches of snow by the time the storm ends Tuesday evening. Southern New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine are forecast to see much less, about a coating to 2 inches, according to Globe meteorologist Dave Epstein.

3 a.m. to 6 a.m. — Light snow to start in New England, first across Connecticut. The Cape will see rain

6 a.m. to 8 a.m. — Precipitation to start in the Boston area, first possibly as rain and then quickly changing over to snow

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Storm ramps up in intensity, with snow falling at a rate of 1 to 3 inches per hour

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Heaviest snowfall occurs

1 to 3 p.m. Snow starts winding down in Central and Western Mass.

4 to 6 p.m. — Snow ending for the Boston area, Eastern, and southeastern Mass.

7 to 9 p.m. — Storm "completely shuts off," with the Cape seeing light snow, Epstein says.

Here’s the timeline of the storm.


Winter storm warning issued for Eastern Mass. and R.I. — 5:05 a.m.

By Nick Stoico, John R. Ellement, and Travis Andersen Globe Staff

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Tuesday in Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, while Central and Western Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire will be under a winter weather advisory.


Officials urge people to work from home if possible, stay off roads — 5:00 a.m.

By Nick Stoico, John R. Ellement, and Travis Andersen Globe Staff

Predictions for a powerful winter storm to hit southern New England on Tuesday were downgraded late Monday afternoon following a southern shift in the storm’s path that will send the heaviest snow to southeastern Massachusetts, while the Boston area may see up to 6 inches of accumulation, forecasters said.

The revised totals were far below earlier predictions that called for up to a foot of snow in the city and led dozens of school districts, including Boston, to announce closures for Tuesday while the governor asked nonessential state workers to remain home.

Read the full story.


 

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These schools have announced closures due to storm — 9:50 p.m.

By Emily Sweeney, Ava Berger, and Breanne Kovatch, Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent

As a snowstorm approached the region on Monday, dozens of school districts and universities across Massachusetts began canceling Tuesday classes.

Check out the list here.


Latest snowfall maps: How much will New England get? — 8:30 p.m.

By Marianne Mizera, Globe Staff

A nor’easter packing gusty winds of up to 65 miles per hour is now expected to shift farther south and produce less snow than was originally forecast for the Boston area and central Massachusetts. The latest models are showing city and suburbs will more likely get 6 to 8 inches of snow but southeastern portions of Massachusetts could be hit with 8 inches to a foot of snow, according to the National Weather Service’s latest information.

A round-up of maps from the National Weather Service outlines the latest snowfall accumulations for various communities across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, as well as portions of southern New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.

Take a look at the maps.


In N.H., a winter storm is no guarantee of a snow day for students — 8:05 p.m.

By Amanda Gokee, Globe Staff

At least one New Hampshire school district has announced there will be remote learning on Tuesday, as the state braces for a winter storm that could drop around six inches of snow.

It’s up to each school district to decide whether they will have a snow day, use remote learning, or have a normal school day in light of various weather and road conditions throughout the state. There are 455 school districts in New Hampshire.

Read the full story.


Across Rhode Island, nor’easter’s snow totals could range widely — 7:30 p.m.

By Carlos R. Muñoz, Globe Staff

Rhode Island businesses won’t be getting much love from Mother Nature on the eve of Valentine’s Day.

A soggy smack of snow in the form of a nor’easter is forecast to arrive early Tuesday morning and could leave anywhere from 2 inches to 8 inches of snow in Rhode Island.

Read the full story.


Why did the forecast change so much? — 7:10 p.m.

By Dave Epstein, Globe Correspondent

The thing I love about the weather is that as well as we can predict it, we can’t predict it perfectly, and today is a perfect example. This morning I was definitely concerned about the European model showing the bulk of the storm staying well south of the region and tracking further out to sea.

You might wonder why we didn’t just go with the European model from the beginning, and the answer is this: Although it’s a good model, it’s not always correct, and you have to look at all the data. There was significant enough evidence showing very heavy snow Tuesday. Discounting the other models outright wouldn’t have been prudent.

Perhaps you also wonder whether this could shift back. It is unlikely, although not impossible. The reason? Once models start converging on a trend, and in this case, it’s a trend for a less impactful storm, that is usually what happens.


Nor’easter shifting farther south, with bulk of storm missing Boston area — 6:30 p.m.

By Dave Epstein, Globe Correspondent

During the day, with additional data, it now appears that, in fact, the lower-impact storm is what is in the cards for Tuesday. Some areas, especially well north of Boston, may miss the storm entirely and the city should still end up with a couple of inches to perhaps as much as 5 or maybe 6 inches if it came close enough.

The bottom line is that the idea of a foot of snow in the city is off the table.

Read the full forecast.


Here’s what officials recommend if your power goes out — 5:50 p.m.

By Shannon Larson, Globe Staff

As a powerful storm moves through New England, many may lose power. In case it happens to you, here are the steps that Massachusetts officials recommend you take.

What you should do during an outage:

  • Keep monitoring the media and alerts from officials for emergency information.
  • Follow instructions from public safety officials.
  • Call 911 in the case of an emergency, including for downed power lines.
  • Call 211 to obtain shelter locations and other disaster information.
  • Check for current power outages in the region. Here’s our map.
  • Call your utility provider to report outages and ask about restoration information. Do not call 911 for this information.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • If a traffic light is out, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
  • Take safety precautions when using space heaters and fireplaces to heat your home.
  • Use generators and grills outside. Their fumes contain carbon monoxide.
  • Try to use flashlights instead of candles.
  • Keep food cold outside in a secure location.
  • Unplug sensitive electronics to avoid power surges when the power is restored.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who may need assistance.

Here’s more on what to do if your power is out.


Track the storm using our real-time radar — 5:05 p.m.

By John Hancock, Globe Staff

As the storm continues to move across New England, our real-time tracker lists which weather alerts are in effect and provides a radar of its path.

Use the tool here.


In a unique New England twist, Nor’easter delays big Milton election — 3:40 p.m.

By Andrew Brinker, Globe Staff

With a Nor’easter set to hit Greater Boston Tuesday, the Town of Milton on Monday delayed its vote on a controversial new land-use plan that would open the community to more multifamily housing development for one day, to Wednesday, so voters wouldn’t be deterred by fierce snow.

The schedule change adds another chapter to a saga that has already been highly contentious, splitting residents over the plan, which would bring Milton into compliance with a new state law requiring cities and towns serviced by the T to allow more multifamily housing.

Read the full story.