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Tuesday storm brings flooding and more snow than expected

Beth Troupe tripped after she tried to move her car in a flooded parking lot in Scituate on Tuesday.David L Ryan/Globe Staff

Communities in Southeastern Massachusetts were blanketed with more snow than expected Tuesday, while winds combined with high tides caused some minor flooding along the coast, the National Weather Service said.

The highest snow accumulation came from Acushnet, where 7.5 to 8 inches of snow reportedly fell, according to William Babcock, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“Generally, the amounts are heaviest in Bristol County and Plymouth County, and lighter as you go farther north and west,” he said.

Six inches of snow fell in Brockton and Carver. In Boston 1.5 inches of snow fell at Logan International Airport, and 2.9 inches fell in Dorchester, he said. There were reports of 7 to 8 inches in Rhode Island, and 1 to 3 inches on the Cape and Islands, he said.


Flooding was reported in several coastal communities, forcing several roads to be closed.

“It was a wet time along the coastline this morning,” said Babcock.

Forecasters had warned of a coastal storm surge of 2 to 2.5 feet along the coast of Plymouth County, Nantucket and Cape Cod, and 1.5 to 2 feet in the area of Boston Harbor, Martha’s Vineyard, and along the coasts of Essex and Norfolk counties.

Prior to the mid-morning high tide, there were reports of flooding in Plymouth, Scituate, Duxbury, and Nantucket, as well as Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, which had to be closed to traffic. State transportation officials tweeted that Route 3A between Ryder Way and Clifford Road in Plymouth had to be closed, and the Hingham Police Department tweeted that Kilby Street was also temporarily closed due to flooding.

Babcock said flooding was also reported on Route 6A in Dennis and on the Causeway in Gloucester. In Quincy, the water on Rhoda, Spring, and Rockland streets rendered those roadways impassable, and there was a foot of water at the intersection of Mills and River avenues in Revere, he said.


In Dorchester, the northbound side of Morrissey Boulevard was reopened to traffic by 11:30 a.m., but the right lane of the southbound side remained closed, according to the State Police.

Elsewhere in Boston, the water spilled over the docks at high tide and into the brick-paved street on Long Wharf near the Chart House restaurant and the Boston Harbor Cruises offices. The Chart House patio was under a few inches of water.

Gina Cameron, administrative director of BHC, said the water gets close to the offices a few times a year during especially high tides. “It’s nothing that we haven’t seen before,” she said, though she said it seems to be getting a little higher each year.

Cameron noted the high tide in the area during the recent “bomb cyclone” earlier this month was much worse — and nothing like she had seen in her 18 years working for the company — with three feet of water outside the offices and a foot finding its way inside.

Flooding was also reported in the downtown area of Nantucket, and town officials said several roads would be closed to traffic until the tide recedes.

“We have half a dozen streets blocked off to pedestrian and vehicle traffic until it subsides,” said Nantucket Police Lieutenant Angus MacVicar. “Luckily it goes out as fast as it comes in.”

The weather had caused problems in the early-morning commute.

Forecasters said it will get colder Tuesday night into Wednesday, with a chance of snow on Thursday.


“Colder weather follows tonight into Wednesday,” forecasters wrote on the Web. “Low pressure developing on an approaching cold front may bring a rain/snow mix changing to a period of snow Thursday night into Friday morning, followed by a shot of arctic air Friday night and Saturday. Some mixed precipitation or snow is possible sometime next Sunday into Monday.”

Martin Finucane of the Globe staff and Globe correspondent Dylan McGuinness contributed to this story. Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.