“Southwest of town was the jackpot,” said Kristie Smith, a meteorologist in the Norton Office of the Weather Service.
The storm caused limited power outages and a day of snow for public school districts already struggling to keep schools open amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Michael Gow, a social studies professor at the college in Medfield, called Friday “snow day” and acknowledged that it gave parents and teachers a respite from the daily dilemma of whether or not to continue teaching in person. as the pandemic rages on.
“This is a well-deserved break for all teachers, staff and students facing the omicron surge,” Gow tweeted.
Traffic accelerated and multiple accidents were reported on national and local roads, including one fatality in the community of Freetown on the south coast.
Jason Saccocia, 45, of New Bedford, was pronounced dead at the scene after deviating north from Route 140 shortly before 7:30 a.m., state police said Friday evening.
An MBTA bus sped over the Massachusetts Turnpike in Newton and struck a middle barrier, but there were no injuries and the bus was quickly towed away, officials said.
The snow was heaviest in a swath stretching from central Connecticut to Cape Ann, while the eastern and western points saw about a foot or less, according to the National Weather Service.
At times the snow that started early on Friday fell quickly and furiously, large amounts building up quickly. Weymouth was 13 inches and Randolph 12.2 inches, while one foot fell in Medfield, Northbridge and Douglas, according to the Weather Service.
Communities registering just under a foot were Dedham, 11.8 inches; Franklin, 11.5 inches; Milford, 11 inches; Grafton, 10.3 inches, said the service.
“We had really large snowflakes falling at pretty high rates, say about 1 or 2 inches per hour, for about four hours,” Smith said.
State Police tweeted that soldiers “statewide have responded to numerous minor crashes, spin-outs and rollovers.”
Unfortunately, the accident in Freetown is inevitable. The soldiers remain at the scene to investigate. The vehicle left the road. No lane closed. https://t.co/mUOGqyXMb7
– Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) January 7, 2022
In Longmeadow, a car and an SUV were involved in a head-on collision at a snow-covered intersection, causing a vehicle to burn, police said via Facebook shortly after noon. It was not clear if anyone had been injured.
In Boston, Mayor Michelle Wu did not declare a snow emergency in the city, but urged the public via Twitter to stay “safe, warm and indoors if you can.”
In a live appearance Friday afternoon on the Facebook show “Java with Jimmy,” Wu expressed gratitude to the city’s workers who worked hard to keep the streets clear and safe and praised Boston’s response. to the weather.
More than 700 snowplows were out on the roads, she said, and countless city workers were on their feet around the clock to prepare for and weather the storm.
“Thank you very much to everyone who has made my first snowstorm go pretty well so far,” Wu said, appearing on the livestream from a car.
A Boston police car was taken in the back near 875 Morton Street at around 8:10 a.m., according to Constable Andre Watson, a police spokesperson. An officer was taken to an area hospital to be assessed for non-life threatening injuries, he said, adding that the cruiser was parked at a red light and was struck by a vehicle who couldn’t stop because of the snow.
Logan International Airport was open and operational, according to Massport. However, around 9 pm airlines had canceled 366 flights to Logan and delayed 326 , by FlightAware.com, one of the leading flight tracking websites.
State courthouses were also closed on Friday, and MassDOT said speed limits were reduced on some highways as the Interstate 93 carpool lane closed amid snowfall.
MassDOT has deployed 2,497 pieces of equipment for snow and ice operations on the roads, the agency said on Twitter. By the evening, that number had fallen to 291, MassDOT said, warning drivers that pavement temperatures had fallen below freezing statewide.
The speed limit on the Massachusetts Turnpike was reduced to 40 miles per hour from the New York border to the Interstate 495 connection in Westborough, and the HOV lane was closed on Interstate 93 for morning commutes and evening, MassDOT said.
While weather conditions affected travel, power outages appeared to be avoided. State emergency management officials reported at 1:17 p.m. that 2,034 customers statewide were without power, mostly in the eastern and southeastern part of the state – and a far cry from the hundreds. thousands of people who lost electricity in previous storms.
Before 9:02 pm, the count had dropped to 755 customers statewide. Most of these outages took place in the town of Monterey, in western Massachusetts, where 611 customers were without power.
In the city’s Fenway district, a Northeast China University student who identified himself as Dylan could not have been happier as he dusted snow from his car while his girlfriend was watching.
“We love the snow,” said Dylan. “Before in China we couldn’t see snow for several years, so we chose a university in Boston because we wanted to see snow. I appreciate it so much.
The snow subsided on Friday afternoon and is expected to be followed by temperatures in the 20s overnight until Saturday morning, the weather service said. Saturday’s highs for most of the region will be in the 1920s, with some areas hitting the low 30s. An arctic cold snap is forecast for early next week.
Garbage collection could be affected for Bostonians in the aftermath of the storm. The public works department said on Twitter that garbage and recycling collection was operating regularly, but some neighborhoods were experiencing delays due to the storm.
Shannon Larson, Emily Sweeney, John R. Ellement and Emma Platoff of Globe Staff and correspondents Grace Gilson and Rose Pecci contributed to this report. Documents from the Associated Press were also used.