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Mass. slammed by April snowstorm

Snow fell on Boston on Monday evening.Keith Bedford/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

An early April snowstorm that took some evening commuters by surprise left parts of Massachusetts with more than 9 inches of snow Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

In one area of Plymouth, 9.3 inches of snow was reported as of 7 p.m., said Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, a meteorologist at the weather service.

Logan Airport registered 4.7 inches at 7 p.m., she said, “but some areas got nailed with 6 to 9 inches of snow.”

The brunt of the snowstorm was borne in Plymouth County and in south coastal communities, Vallier-Talbot said, while areas north and west of Boston received 4 to 6 inches.


Shortly before 9 p.m., as the snowstorm moved off the mainland, the weather service took down winter weather advisories that had previously been issued through 10 p.m.

The sudden onset of dense, heavy flakes was “a little unusual for early April,” Vallier-Talbot said.

The snow was help by cold temperatures. The high temperature for the day was 30 degrees. That tied the previous record for the lowest high temperature, set in 1879, Vallier-Talbot said.

Some schools closed early or canceled after-school activities because of the snow.

Tuesday is expected to be dry but also chilly, with highs in mid-30s.

“It will feel more like winter than early spring,” Vallier-Talbot said.

Temperatures will stay in the 30s until Thursday, when spring-like temperatures of about 50 degrees are expected to return along with some rain, forecasters wrote.

And don’t be surprised if you see more snow later this week: if temperatures dip low enough, lingering precipitation could turn into scattered snow showers Friday night into Saturday, Vallier-Talbot said.

“There might be leftover snow and rain, but nothing like we had today,” she said. “But things can still change between then and now.”

Dogs walked through the snow in Boston Monday.Brian Snyder /REUTERS
A woman shielded herself from the snow as she walked along State Street in Boston on Monday.Keith Bedford/Globe Staff
A man used a snow blower along State Street in Boston on Monday.Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.