REGION – Yesterday’s winter storm dropped up to nine inches of snow on communities across the region, creating a disorderly end to the work week for commuters and prompting warnings from state and local authorities.
The National Weather Service later released unofficial snow totals after the snowfall, showing major communities in the Hudson area accumulating, with nine inches of snow measured as of 3:45 p.m.
Westborough’s highest reading peaked at 8.5 inches while Grafton followed close at 8.1.
Shrewsbury saw eight inches at 4:53 p.m.
Snow in Northborough, meanwhile, was measured at 7.4 inches at 4 p.m.
The snow started early, hitting the area with what meteorologists described in a Thursday forecast as a “hit” of heavy rainfall Friday morning.
State officials noted at least two crashes during some of the storm’s most intense hours, including a tractor-trailer crash on I-495 in Marlborough.
A separate crash in Northborough briefly slowed traffic on I-290, though no one was injured according to state police.
This all followed record-breaking heat just hours earlier as nature offered a taste of spring last week before returning with another reminder of winter.
Temperatures are now expected to remain somewhat stable for much of next week as the region slowly thaws.
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