Widespread snowfall totals of two to three feet were reported across eastern Massachusetts, southeast New Hampshire and Maine. The cities of Auburn, Hudson and Lunenburg, all in Massachusetts, came in with the highest snow accumulation of 36 inches. Northeast Connecticut and eastern Long Island also saw over 30 inches of snow.
The Blizzard of 2015 is now ranked number one for snow in Worcester, Mass. The powerful winter storm dumped 34.6 inches on the city which — maybe unsurprisingly — was ranked the second snowiest location in the United States in the winter of 2012-2013, when 109 inches of snow fell.
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Boston’s official reporting station, Logan International Airport, reported a storm total of 24.6 inches, which makes the blizzard the snowiest January storm on record, and the sixth snowiest of any storm on record. However, the Logan Airport total remains one of the lower totals in the area. A station downtown reported 26 inches, and South Boston saw 31 inches.
Given the storm’s track, which was about 100 miles farther to the east than forecast, locations west of Hartford, Conn., and Long Island saw smaller totals, which led to feelings ranging anywhere from relief to disappointment to sheer social media outrage after forecasts suggested snowfall totals topping two feet in some locations.
Central Park ended the day with 9.8 inches, and Staten Island accumulated seven. The eastern boroughs were just slightly snowier — LaGuardia reported 11.4 and Bayside in Queens saw 12 inches. See below for more snow totals.
But no one is arguing that the forecast was a bust in southeast New England. Blizzard conditions were experienced for over 10 hours in some far eastern Massachusetts locations. Marshfield had 14 solid hours of blizzard conditions from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Hyannis, Chatham and Nantucket were all whipped by blizzard conditions for over 10 hours.
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Boston reported blizzard conditions for nine hours from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, and blizzard conditions belted Worcester for a total close to 10 hours.
A blizzard is defined as three or more hours of wind gusts of at least 35 mph, and considerable amounts of falling snow that would frequently lead visibility to drop to less than ¼ mile.
Wind gusts peaked at 78 mph on Nantucket, but the island reported sustained gusts above 50 mph for nearly 24 hours — 9 p.m. Monday to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Long Island wind gusts peaked at 60 mph, and Provincetown, Mass., saw gusts of 69 mph during the height of the blizzard.
The snow might have been the least of worries for coastal locations, as strong winds combined with high tide ravaged the shoreline Tuesday evening. Dozens of reports of flooding, road washout and beach erosion were streaming into the National Weather Service as the tide peaked between 5 and 6 p.m. across coastal Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports:
The storm was more than a massive inconvenience for dozens of people along the coast. In Scituate, where a local emergency was declared at 4:55 a.m. Tuesday, the National Guard helped police carry out several rescues because of high water. During one mission, residents gathered on a front porch and yelled “Thank you” and “USA! USA!” as they watched the rescue unfold.Evacuations also were needed in Marshfield, where the police chief declared that the storm was the most ferocious experienced by the town in two dozen years.Two neighborhoods there were flooded and impassable, and power flickered out for about 1,000 people. At least five homes were condemned, and a man in one of those houses had to be rescued in a bucket truck after a fall.
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More of the high end snowfall totals from around the Northeast:
Auburn — 36.0 inches
Hudson — 36.0 inches
Lunenburg — 36.0 inches
Worcester — 34.5 inches
Clinton — 34.1 inches
Acton — 34.0 inches
Nashua — 33.2 inches
Hudson — 32.0 inches
Salem — 31.0 inches
Seabrook — 31.0 inches
Sanford — 31.5 inches
Standish — 30 inches
Portland — 27.4 inches
Saco — 27 inches
Thompson — 33.5 inches
Putnam — 30.0 inches
New York (Long Island)
Orient — 30.0 inches
Southampton — 29.5 inches
Islip Airport — 24.8 inches