High winds, snow squalls hit areas in Mass.

A fallen tree landed on top of this vehicle in Reading on Monday.
A fallen tree landed on top of this vehicle in Reading on Monday.Reading Police Department

Howling winds knocked down trees and power lines across the region Monday, leaving more than 47,000 customers without power as of 10:15 p.m.

Power outages were reported in Revere, Westford, Chelmsford, Tyngsborough, Wayland, Weston, and Carver, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

“Sustained westerly winds of 25-35 mph with gusts up to 65 mph are expected to continue through this evening across southern New England,” the agency said in a statement. “These damaging winds may bring down trees, tree limbs, and power lines.”

In New Hampshire, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded winds of 171 miles per hour, breaking the previous February record of 166 miles per hour, which was set in 1972. At the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine, winds blew over a communication tower.


In Milton, a section of Randolph Avenue was closed after a large tree fell on a parked vehicle. A child had to be extricated from the vehicle but was not injured. A woman in the vehicle was taken to Boston Medical Center, police said.

In Weston, at least two trees fell onto utility wires, causing temporary road closures on a number of streets. In Wellesley, traffic on Route 9 west was detoured when a tree fell across the road.

Winds will continue to gust up to 50 miles per hour overnight, and up to 45 miles per hour on Tuesday. There will be a continued risk of downed limbs and power lines, officials said.

Wednesday is expected to bring snow to the area, especially south of the Massachusetts Turnpike. The forecast calls for between 1 and 4 inches.

Alan Dunham of the National Weather Service said there is a 40 percent chance of snow Wednesday afternoon, increasing to 70 percent in the evening.