Storm drops more than half a foot of snow in some spots

A fast-moving winter storm blanketed the Boston area with snow overnight, dropping more than half a foot of snow in many spots, according to the National Weather Service.

Snowfall totals were highest north and west of Boston, with much of Middlesex and Essex counties receiving more than 7 inches of snow. Andover saw 7.3 inches, while North Reading receieved 7.5 inches. The highest reported snowfall was 9 inches in Haverhill.

Any remaining snowfall is expected to taper off as the morning goes on, according to the weather service.


A winter storm advisory for all of Massachusetts north of the Mass. Pike went into effect at 7 p.m. Saturday and will last until 7 a.m. Sunday.

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Parts of the state south of the Mass. Pike, as well as Connecticut and Rhode Island, will be under a winter storm warning for the same duration of time.

Lenore Correia, a National Weather Service meteorologist, urged anyone outside to be careful during the storm, even though it struck during a weekend and not a workday commute.

“If you are traveling on untreated surfaces, that is something to keep in mind,” said Correia.

Once the snow stops falling in the morning, Sunday is expected to be sunny but blustery, with gusts of wind up to 26 miles per hour and a high of 45 degrees, according to forecasters.


Once the week starts, the snow won’t last long, as Presidents’ Day is expected to be sunny with a high of 49 degrees until the afternoon, when showers are likely after 4 p.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to usher in a mid-week heat wave with highs of 66 and 67 degrees respectively before temperatures retreat to a still-warm 51 degrees Thursday.

Globe Correspondent John Hilliard contributed to this report. Andrew Grant can be reached at