Nor’easter rips through Massachusetts, leaves behind bitter cold

The Bay State’s nor’easter has left bitterly cold temps behind.
The storm that dumped nearly 2 feet of snow in different pockets of the state dropped more than 12 inches in Boston, setting a new record.
The afternoon measurement of 12.9 inches at Logan International Airport shattered the previous Dec. 17 record of 6.4 inches for the city, which happened in 2013.
The state’s jackpot was in the Berkshires, where Lanesboro recorded 23 inches, according to the National Weather Service Eastern Region. The next highest snow totals recorded in Massachusetts were 18.5 inches in Ashfield and 17.7 inches in Rowe, both in the western part of the state.
Other high snow totals were reported in Grafton (16.1), Waltham (16), Fitchburg (15.5), Sharon (15.4), Milton (15.2) and Lunenburg (15.1). West Newton, Salem and Hudson each had recordings of 15 inches.
The nor’easter’s parting gift was a sudden drop in temperatures, making it even more dangerous to be out driving, National Weather Service meteorologist Rob Megnia said.
“We won’t get above freezing until early next week,” he added. “So with wet roads and you add the freeze factor, it can be a dangerous situation out there. People need to be careful.”
Friday’s lows will be in the teens, and it could feel like it’s below zero when factoring in the wind chill.
“Surfaces not taken care of will freeze, so it’s really important you put salt down on driveways and sidewalks,” said Shawn Kelley of Lowell’s Mill City Weather.
Massachusetts State Police responded to multiple spinouts across the state. In one Mass Pike incident, a state police cruiser was struck by an SUV. The trooper was responding to an earlier single-car crash when the SUV lost control and hit the cruiser. No injuries were reported.
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Along the Massachusetts coast, there were reports of flooding with massive waves splashing along shore roads during the afternoon high tide. Wind gusts approached 50 mph, the National Weather Service reported, and some cars were reportedly stranded in floodwaters.
Outside of Massachusetts, the storm’s snowfall jackpot was in New York and Pennsylvania, with up to 44 inches of snow recorded.
SCITUATE, MA. – DECEMBER 17: A man braves the wind swept snow on December 17, 2020 in Scituate, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)SCITUATE, MA. – DECEMBER 17: Waves crash near Scituate Light during a norÕeaster on December 17, 2020 in Scituate, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)SCITUATE, MA. – DECEMBER 17: Houses are battered as the surf crashes into them along Lighthouse Road during a norÕeaster on December 17, 2020 in Scituate, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)SCITUATE, MA. – DECEMBER 17: Rollers move in on Peggotty Beach during a norÕeaster on December 17, 2020 in Scituate, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)SCITUATE, MA. – DECEMBER 17: Houses are battered as the surf crashes into them along Lighthouse Road during a nor’easter on December 17, 2020 in Scituate, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)SCITUATE, MA. – DECEMBER 17: A woman walks along a flooded Lighthouse Road during a norÕeaster on December 17, 2020 in Scituate, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)As part of their physical fitness routine, Boston Police Recruit Class 60-20 added a special, community based aspect to their workout Thursday: shoveling. It was a welcome sight for those stuck inside. (Photos courtesy of BPD.)WEYMOUTH, MA. – DECEMBER 17: A man snowplows his driveway as snow falls during a norÕeaster on December 17, 2020 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)WEYMOUTH, MA. – DECEMBER 17: A man snowplows his driveway as snow falls during a norÕeaster on December 17, 2020 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON, MA – December 17, 2020: Pedestrians come out after the storm for a walk along the Mall on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON, MA – December 17, 2020: Pedestrians come out after the storm for a walk along the Mall on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON, MA – December 17, 2020: Drivers dig out in the Back Bay in Boston Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON, MA – December 17, 2020: A front end loader makes its way along Commonwealth Avenue in Boston Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON, MA – December 17, 2020: The Prudential Tower is photographed through snow-covered branches on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)WOBURN, MA – December 17, 2020: Molly and Matt Stas play with Bailey as they shovel out their driveway in Woburn, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)WOBURN, MA – December 17, 2020: Molly Stas plays with Bailey as she shovels out her driveway in Woburn, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON, MA – December 17, 2020: Snow piles up on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)As part of their physical fitness routine, Boston Police Recruit Class 60-20 added a special, community based aspect to their workout Thursday: shoveling. It was a welcome sight for those stuck inside. (Photos courtesy of BPD.)BOSTON, MA – December 17, 2020: Pedestrians come out after the storm for a walk along the Mall on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON, MA – December 17, 2020: A person is bundled up as she walks along Commonwealth Avenue in Boston Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)WOBURN, MA – December 17, 2020: Molly Stas plays with Bailey as she shovels out her driveway in Woburn, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BURLINGTON, MA – December 17, 2020: A front end loader clears snow in the Mall parking lot in Burlington, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 17: Christina Cortes (L) drags Oliver Yenc, 4, back up the hill at Evans Field as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 17: Dave Younger (L) gives a shove to the sled containing Charlie Younger (M) and Ethan Woods, 4, (R) as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 17: A phalanx of plows move alone Columbia Road as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 17: Police, fire and EMS respond to a multi vehicle crash along Frontage Road as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 17: Residents dig out their cars along Carpenter St as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 17: Residents dig out their cars along Carpenter St as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 17: Residents dig out their cars along Mercer St as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 17: City employees dig out the walk way at Thomas Park as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 17: Caroline Foss, 4, enjoys a slide down the hill at Evans Field as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 17: Police and EMS respond to a multi vehicle crash along Frontage Road as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 17: Children and parents relax on the sliding hill in Boston Common as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 17: Children and parents relax on the sliding hill in Boston Common as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 17: Children and parents relax on the sliding hill in Boston Common as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 17: A snowy scene in the public gardens as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)WOBURN, MA – December 17, 2020: A plow truck drives past City Hall in Woburn, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)WOBURN, MA – December 17, 2020: Snow covers holidays decorations in Woburn Center, in Woburn, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)WOBURN, MA – December 17, 2020: Woburn resident Tom Foley cleans-up his driveway during the snowstorm, in Woburn, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)WOBURN, MA – December 17, 2020: Snow covers holidays decorations in Woburn Center, in Woburn, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)WOBURN, MA – December 17, 2020: Snow covers holidays decorations in Woburn Center, in Woburn, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)WOBURN, MA – December 17, 2020: Woburn resident Tom Foley cleans-up his driveway during the snowstorm, in Woburn, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)WOBURN, MA – December 17, 2020: Snow covers holidays decorations in Woburn Center, in Woburn, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)WOBURN, MA – December 17, 2020: Woburn resident Tom Foley cleans-up his driveway during the snowstorm, in Woburn, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)WOBURN, MA – December 17, 2020: Woburn resident Tom Foley cleans-up his driveway during the snowstorm, in Woburn, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)WOBURN, MA – December 17, 2020: Woburn resident Tom Foley cleans-up his driveway during the snowstorm, in Woburn, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)Boston MA. – DECEMBER 17: Workers clear snow in front of South Station on Atlantic ave. as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)Boston MA. – DECEMBER 17: A plow works East Broadway as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)Boston MA. – DECEMBER 17: Dianne Smith digs out her buried front steps in South Boston as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)Hingham MA. – DECEMBER 17: a resident digs his driveway out as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Hingham, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)Braintree MA. – DECEMBER 17: Plows move thru the Braintree Split as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Braintree, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)Boston MA. – DECEMBER 17: Residents walk along Preble St. as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)Boston MA. – DECEMBER 17: A plow moves down East Broadway as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Boston , MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)Weymouth MA. – DECEMBER 17: Visibility was greatly reduced along route 3 as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Weymouth, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)Hingham MA. – DECEMBER 17: A resident of Main Street fights the snow with his snowblower as a storm lashes the region on December 17, 2020 in Hingham, MA. 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