Boston shatters snowfall record, nor’easter dumps more than a foot across region

A powerful nor’easter ripping through Massachusetts has dropped more than a foot of snow across much of the region, setting a new record for the city of Boston on Thursday.
The afternoon measurement of 12.5 inches at Boston Logan International Airport shattered the previous Dec. 17 record of 6.4 inches for the city, which happened in 2013.
Snow continues to fall early Thursday afternoon, as meteorologists and officials keep urging people to stay off the roads.
A sudden drop in temperatures can make it even more dangerous to be out driving, said National Weather Service meteorologist Rob Megnia.
“With the roads already slick, you add the freezing temperatures and it makes it that much more dangerous for driving,” he said.
“We won’t get above freezing until early next week,” Megnia added. “So with wet roads and you add the freeze factor, it can be a dangerous situation out there. People need to be careful.”
Massachusetts State Police reported multiple spinouts across the state Thursday.
Troopers responded to a crash on the Mass Pike between a tractor trailer and a car. The driver of the car sustained minor injuries, and was transported to the hospital.
Gov. Charlie Baker tweeted, “This drop in temperatures across central + eastern MA creates the risk for a flash freeze that will make conditions even more difficult in addition to the snow. Please stay off the roads. If you must go out, build in extra time, take it slow and don’t crowd the plow.”
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has deployed about 3,000 pieces of equipment.
In New Hampshire, State Police responded to more than 100 crashes and disabled vehicles. Troopers responded to a rollover crash involving a New Hampshire Department of Transportation plow truck.
“Fortunately, there are no injuries,” State Police tweeted. “Please #slowdown when operating around the plow trucks and give them extra room.”
Along the Massachusetts coast, there have been reports of minor flooding with some wave splash along shore roads, Megnia said. Officials are monitoring the high tide Thursday afternoon.
The last flurries are due to blow out to sea by 8 p.m. Thursday, meteorologists say.
The top snowfall total so far in Massachusetts is in the Berkshires with 17 inches recorded in Goshen. The next highest totals are in Fitchburg (15.5), Sharon (15.4), Milton (15.2), Greenfield (15), and Grafton (14.6).
Below-freezing temperatures will extend through the weekend, so any rain-snow mix will ice up.
The good news?
Ski country could get 18 inches of snow and the white stuff could hang around into Christmas Day — giving the Bay State a white Christmas.
The snowfall jackpot is in New York and Pennsylvania, with up to 44 inches of snow recorded.
The weather service for the Eastern Region reports highest snowfall totals thus far: Newark Valley, N.Y. 44″, Litchfield, Pa. 43″, and Binghamton, N.Y. and Vestal, N.Y. 41.”

Snowfall reports received as of 8:30 am. An intense snow band set up overnight around the Binghamton NY area, producing snowfall rates of 4-5″ per hour. Among the highest snowfall totals thus far: Newark Valley NY 44″, Litchfield PA 43″, and Binghamton NY and Vestal NY 41″ pic.twitter.com/zopzr501Ao
— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) December 17, 2020

Eversource and National Grid are reporting minimal power outages. That means, as the Herald reports today, remote classrooms are up and ongoing.
This is a developing story …
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