350,000 without power across Massachusetts after nor'easter

The storm dumped more than a foot on some parts of the state, downing wires and leaving thousands without power.
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Pedestrians walk near Quincy Marketplace in the snow on March 7, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Large portions of the East Coast are facing a second nor'easter in less than a week. Photo: Getty Images

More than 350,000 Massachusetts homes are without power as of Thursday morning following the second nor’easter within a week that dumped heavy, wet snow across the state.

 

The Cape and Islands were mostly saved from this storm’s wrath, but the nor’east dropped between 5 and 20 inches on other parts of the state.

 

The North Shore and Worcester Counter were hit hardest with power outages, with some towns, like Newbury and Boxford reporting that all customers are currently without power, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

 

Gov. Charlie Baker is still urging residents to stay off the roads if possible Thursday morning as crews work to clear highways.

Boston got about 5.9 inches of snow in total, and another few flakes may be coming throughout this morning, according to the National Weather Service.

A band of winter weather will “pivot northeast into Boston” later Thursday morning and early afternoon, forecasters said, possibly leaving up to another inch of snow.

Mayor Marty Walsh reminded residents to take their time shoveling as the snow is heavy and to help elderly or disabled neighbors if possible.

During the height of the storm early Thursday morning, Boston Public Works deployed 600 pieces of equipment to clear city streets.

The MBTA is experiencing some delays Thursday and bus shuttles have taken over between the Riverside and Reservoir stops on the D line due to “extensive wire damage” because of a downs tree near Chestnut Hill. Check @MBTA for more updates.

A branch from a downed tree likely caused the low-speed derailment of a commuter rail train on the Lowell line Thursday morning. Keolis, which operates the commuter rail, is investigating the incident and directing passengers to MBTA.com and @MBTA_CR for updates.