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Yes, the blizzard did linger for hour after hour after hour

Blizzard warning expanded to include all of Eastern Mass. By Emily Zendt, Scott LaPierre, and Taylor de Lench
Blizzard warning expanded to include all of Eastern Mass. By Emily Zendt, Scott LaPierre, and Taylor de Lench

SNOW LONG

If it seemed like Thursday’s nor’easter was the storm without end, there’s a reason for that. According to the National Weather Service, the storm met the meteorological standard for a blizzard in Boston for four hours and 34 minutes, ending at 4:54 p.m. Thursday.

The definition of a blizzard is that falling or blowing snow reduces visibility to below 1/4 mile, along with sustained winds frequently gusting to 35 miles an hour, according to the weather service.

But although it may seem that a blizzard means a bunch of snow, places with the most snow were not automatically the top blizzard areas. The National Weather Service said East Longmeadow in Hampden County got 19 inches, the most of any community in the state.

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Other communities with major snowfalls were:

Ludlow: 18 inches; Granby: 17.2 inches; Plymouth: 16.5 inches; Athol: 16.5 inches; Foxborough: 15.4 inches; Kingston: 14.5 inches; Gloucester: 14 inches; Townsend: 14 inches; Weymouth: 13 inches; South Boston: 12 inches.

Snow removal was underway in Hingham Friday morning.
Snow removal was underway in Hingham Friday morning.David L. Ryan/Globe staff

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