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Greater Boston slogs through its first snowstorm of the season

David Smith shoveled a driveway at the Emerson Museum in Concord on Friday.
David Smith shoveled a driveway at the Emerson Museum in Concord on Friday.David L Ryan/Globe Staff

Workers faced a messy morning commute, and many schools delayed opening Friday morning. On the commuter rail, a Fitchburg Line train smashed into a snowbank, one of several lines facing storm-related delays.

Around 6:30 a.m., MassDOT was urging commuters to build more time into their commute Friday morning. “Pavements wet to slush, snow covered in some locations,’’ MassDOT tweeted. “Allow extra time for the morning commute.”

There were 1,357 plows deployed on state highways as of 6 a.m., according to MassDOT.

The wintry weather also resulted in some morning flights being delayed or canceled at Logan Airport.

The airport had more than 30 delays Thursday night due to weather and weather-related traffic, mostly because of flights being diverted from LaGuardia Airport to Logan, said Juan Madrid, a Logan Airport public service representative.

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On Friday, the airport had eight cancellations, including flights departing from Boston to New York, San Francisco, Fort Meyers, Dubai, and Bal Harbour, Fla., Madrid said. Two other flights arriving from Minneapolis and Paris were also canceled.

At 6 a.m., it was 43 degrees at Logan Airport and there was light rain falling in the Boston area, which received nearly 3 inches of snow overnight. The highest accumulations reported thus far were in Billerica, Clinton, North Reading, and Stow, where at least 9 inches of snow fell.

Several school districts in Greater Boston announced two-hour delays Friday morning, including Ayer, Chelmsford, Haverhill, Methuen, Lincoln, Newton, Needham, Wellesley, Webster, and Wilmington.

Parts of Northern Connecticut and Central Massachusetts are expected to get up to 2 more inches of snow through the morning. The areas surrounding Hartford and Worcester will be hit hardest before the precipitation dies down around noon.

“It will be rain turning into snow, but it’s pretty cold out there right now, so it’ll probably be snow,” said Lenore Correia, a NWS meteorologist.

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Flooding is not expected to be an issue Friday or Saturday, when most of the snow is expected to melt, Correia said.

Keolis Commuter Services, the company hired to operate the commuter rail system by the MBTA, reported delays on the Fitchburg, Kingston, and Stoughton lines. On the Providence Line, mechanical issues forced Keolis to start train 804 from South Attleboro, not Providence.

On the Fitchburg line, train 400 came to a halt around 5:50 a.m. near the South Acton station. Keolis posted an update around 6:45 a.m. reporting that train 402 stopped to help passengers and was itself 25 minutes behind schedule.

The National Weather Service said Friday will be mostly cloudy and blustery, with highs in the mid-40s.

A wind advisory was issued for much of the Eastern Massachusetts coastline. It was in effect until 10 a.m. Friday for Suffolk County and portions of Essex, Norfolk, Middlesex, and Plymouth County, including Gloucester, Cambridge, Boston, Quincy, and Plymouth.

The weather service said to expect northeast winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

“Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines,” the weather service said. “Scattered power outages are expected.”

Wind gusts of 64 miles per hour were recorded in Wellfleet at 2:39 a.m. and in Westerly, R.I., at 4:15 a.m., according to tweets from the weather service.

Gusts upward of 50 miles per hour were also recorded in Beverly, Edgartown, Fairhaven, and Plymouth before the morning commute, according to the NWS.

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Forecasters said the winds should diminish in the afternoon.

Friday night will be partly cloudy and less windy, with lows in the mid-30s, and then sunshine is on tap for this weekend. Forecasters said Saturday will be sunny, with highs in the mid-40s, and Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 40.

The next round of precipitation we could see would be Sunday night, as forecasters say there’s a 50 percent chance of rain and snow showers in the Boston area, and Monday will be partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of rain showers.


Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.