Snow winding down after days of stormy weather

Workers kept the sidewalks clear on Arch Street in Boston Tuesday morning.
Workers kept the sidewalks clear on Arch Street in Boston Tuesday morning. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff)

The pesky storm that covered much of Massachusetts in snow could continue to impact travel into the Wednesday morning commute, forecasters said.

Although the storm has ended, any roads that were not treated could become icy as temperatures drop into the 20s overnight, meteorologist Hayden Frank said.

“Any travel issues will be Tuesday evening into the morning commute Wednesday,” Frank said. “People should be on the lookout for some icy patches or black ice.”

On Wednesday, low temperatures should be in the teens at daybreak for many and 20s along the coast, according to the weather service.

Most of the day should be in the upper 30s with mostly cloudy skies, Frank said.

“There may be a few snow flurries, but they should be light,” Frank said.


The highest snowfall amounts for the long-duration storms were in Western and Central Massachusetts. The tiny Berkshire County town of Peru led the state, reporting 28 inches of snow. Fitchburg came in a close second, reporting 27.4 inches. Communities right along the coast and south of Boston were hit less hard. Boston itself received 5.9 inches. No snow accumulated on Cape Cod and the Islands.

The storm forced some school systems to close for two days and created delays for travelers.

The two-act storm was still creating headaches at Logan International Airport Tuesday evening. The Federal Aviation Administration said at 3:40 p.m. that some arriving flights were being delayed an average of 3 hours and 22 minutes. The FlightAware website said inbound flights were delayed an average of 2 hours and 44 minutes due to snow and ice as of 7:10 p.m.

Delays and cancellations were also reported on multiple MBTA commuter rail lines during the Tuesday morning commute because of mechanical problems, power outages, and switch failures, according to tweets by Keolis Commuter Services, which operates the system for the MBTA.

The storm has had little effect on electrical service, with just 365 customers without power as of 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Boston closed its public schools Tuesday, as did many other school systems across the state, including Cambridge, Milton, Lynn, Chelsea, and Newton. (Boston opened its Boston Centers for Youth & Families for the snow day.)

Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finucane@ globe.com. Sofia Saric can be reached at sofia.saric@globe.com