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Snow stops in Boston area, might linger on Cape Cod

John Silva shoveled a sidewalk on East Broadway in South Boston on Wednesday.
John Silva shoveled a sidewalk on East Broadway in South Boston on Wednesday.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Up to 7 inches of snow fell on Massachusetts at the height of Wednesday morning’s storm, with the last of the flurries expected to linger over the Cape and Islands into the early afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

The storm dumped the most snow in areas in the central part of the state, with the Worcester County town of Rutland leading the state as of 12:06 p.m. with 6.8 inches, according to reports fielded by the weather service.

“The last of the heavier snow bands are moving across the Cape and Islands and will exit during the next hour. Additional snowfall will be less than an inch,” the NWS in Norton said in a statement at 12:06 p.m.


Forecasters said skies would clear from west to east and the sun would peek out, but temperatures would drop throughout the day.

Dry, gusty, and even colder weather is expected Wednesday night.

“Expect much colder temperatures in comparison to the last two days as colder air filters in from the west,” forecasters said.

Some schools were delayed Wednesday morning, while state transportation officials deployed 1,134 plows and salting trucks to combat “wet to slush, snow covered” roads around the state.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 6 inches of snow had fallen in Brimfield, according to the National Weather Service website. Other snowfall reports included 5.8 inches in Holden, 5.1 inches in Worcester, 4.5 inches in Framingham, 4 inches in Randolph, 3.5 inches in Topsfield, and 2 inches in Boston.

Boston’s Department of Public Works had 300 trucks treating city streets, the agency tweeted Wednesday, and the department also gave some driving advice.

“If you’re on the road this AM, please take your time and drive carefully,” the department said.

Wrentham Police Chief Bill McGrath tweeted that Route 1A northbound from Wrentham Center to the intersection of Winter Street would be closed for the rest of the morning commute after a dump truck got snagged on some wires and took down a utility pole.


The MBTA commuter rail system, operated by Keolis Commuter Services, reported delays on several lines.

Two inches of snow had fallen at Boston’s Logan International Airport during the storm, according to the weather service.

Forecasters issued a winter weather advisory through noon for Boston and much of Southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Expected snowfall in the Boston area.
Expected snowfall in the Boston area.National Weather Service

Globe Correspondent Alyssa Lukpat contributed to this report. Peter Bailey-Wells can be reached at peter.bailey-wells@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @pbaileywells. John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.