Over the course of just two weeks, three nor’easters have blasted the Eastern Seaboard with heavy snow, damaging winds and coastal flooding. The first in early March struck New England with incredible wind gusts up to 97 mph and knocked out power to 2 million homes and businesses. The second storm pasted the Northeast with three feet of heavy, wet snow.
This week’s storm was the most significant for southern New England, where almost 30 inches of snow fell in Massachusetts.
Snowfall rates reached 3 inches per hour at times and, combined with strong sustained winds, led to whiteout conditions. The National Weather Service said the storm easily met blizzard criteria (35 mph winds for more than three hours) in Boston, Falmouth, Hyannis, Plymouth and Martha’s Vineyard. This storm significantly reduced visibility to nearly the entire coast of Massachusetts.
Boston’s Logan Airport officially picked up 14.8 inches.
The snow and wind brought down trees, branches and power lines, which led to outages for hundreds of thousands of people in Massachusetts. As of Wednesday morning, more than 140,000 of those customers were still in the dark, according to the Boston Globe. Though the storm surge was not as significant as the early-March storm, high waves battered the coast and overwash reached the roads in Marshfield and Scituate, Mass.
It’s still snowing from Upstate New York to Maine, but the storm is all but done in southern New England. Unlike the previous nor’easter, this storm targeted areas closer to the coast with up to two feet of snow.
Peak snowfall totals by state as of Wednesday morning
Wilmington, Mass. — 29.5 inches
Northwood, N.H. — 27 inches
North Foster, R.I. — 25.1 inches
East Killingly, Conn. — 20.1 inches
East Barre, Vt. — 19.7 inches
Southampton, N.Y. — 18.3 inches
Calvin, W.Va. — 18 inches