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.
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.
[9 am] here is our latest list of observed #snow totals across #MA #RI #CT. Very impressive totals across western portions of MA and CT into eastern #NY. Thank you to all that provided reports. #winter #Boston #Providence #Hartford pic.twitter.com/Q49ruMX2fe— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) March 8, 2018
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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.
During the height of the storm, PWD had 600 pieces of equipment clearing #BostonStreets. As snow will continue through the AM commute - we kindly ask everyone to drive safely! Pic below of PWD crews clearing Broadway in #Southie. @CityOfBoston pic.twitter.com/FDVyudTxsE— Boston Public Works (@BostonPWD) March 8, 2018
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.
#MBTA #GreenLine D branch Reminder: Bus shuttles btwn Riverside - Reservoir until further notice due to extensive wire damage caused by an earlier downed tree near Chestnut Hill pic.twitter.com/97GVaj3KGG— MBTA (@MBTA) March 8, 2018
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.
Keolis Boston & @MBTA crews seen here assessing damage after a thick branch from a downed tree wedged into a switch, likely cause of low-speed derailment from this morning. Early assessments from investigation on Lowell @MBTA_CR line. pic.twitter.com/KFABlBTTH3— Keolis Boston (@KeolisBoston) March 8, 2018