WHITMAN, Mass. (AP) — A winter storm that dropped close to a foot of snow in some areas of Massachusetts made driving treacherous Wednesday and prompted closures and school cancellations around the state.
Gov. Deval Patrick told all non-essential state employees in the executive branch to stay home, and even though Boston's Logan Airport remained open, many flights — both in and out — were canceled or delayed.
The snow hit western portions of the state before dawn and arrived in Boston just in time for the morning commute. By the end of the day, about a foot was reported in many northern areas, with about half that much in the southeastern part of the state, where rain and sleet mixed in.
At mid-evening Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported 13 inches at Lunenburg in Worcester County. A foot was reported in Western Massachusetts in West Springfield, Ludlow, and South Hadley. In the greater Boston area, Winchester and Framingham had about a foot, as did West Peabody on the North Shore. Many locations, including Logan International Airport, had approximately 10 inches.
Some people took the latest storm in stride, while others were clearly tired of snow.
David Fullerton said he doesn't understand all the complaining.
"Don't be in the Northeast if you don't want it," Fullerton said, as he shoveled snow from his driveway and walkway in Whitman, about 20 miles south of Boston.
At midday, the snow was falling 1 to 2 inches per hour, said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton.
"We warned people that once the snow started it would come down hard," Dunham said.