Winter Snowstorm Aftermath: A Sunday Digging Out

The remnants of the severe winter storm that overwhelmed New England with heavy snow and hurricane-force gusts remained in Canada on Sunday morning, leaving a trail of power outages in the coastal areas of Massachusetts.

The damage did not appear to be extensive for a storm of this magnitude because people were mostly off the roads during the peak of the storm on Saturday. The snow was light and airy, limiting the damage to power lines and trees.

Tens of thousands of people were still without power in coastal areas of Massachusetts, including Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, where heavy snow, gusts of hurricane force and floods caused the most damage. There were 56,000 power outages in the state Sunday morning, down from a peak of 120,000 Saturday, according to Power recovery was slowed by strong winds.

A snow-covered street in Boston on Sunday.


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Elsewhere in New England, moderate winds were expected to continue in Maine until Sunday afternoon, with some light snow expected in the morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunday morning, some Amtrak services were still suspended, including routes between Boston and New York, stretching north to Maine and south to Charlotte, NC

On Saturday, snow fell at a rate of 1 to 3 inches per hour along most of the east coast, according to the National Weather Service, with accumulations of 21 inches seen near the Jersey Shore and 24 inches near Boston. A gust of 82 miles per hour was recorded on Cape Cod.

The snow that fell from the storm blew lightly in strong winds and reduced visibility, creating problems for motorists. On Cape Cod, the temperature was a little warmer, so the snow is heavier there, said Marc Chenard, meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

“Lighter snow means less impact on trees; less impact on trees means less impact on utilities,” said Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, calling the storm an “evil New England.”

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