Vacation Travel Snarled by Morning Snow

February Vacation Snow Forecast Boston, South ShoreA rapidly intensifying storm offshore resulted in a very snowy and windy morning across Eastern Massachusetts.

Temperatures plunged into the teens overnight, making the snow very light and fluffy. Combine that with winds that whipped to 56 MPH in Hingham and other South Shore communities and visibilities were reduced to near zero for much of the morning.

The poor visibilities and gusty winds led to significant flight delays at Logan Airport just as hundreds of families tried to escape for school vacation week. At least four arriving flights had to be diverted away from the airport due to poor weather conditions, and a handful of departures were cancelled. Blowing and drifting snow also left many roadways, especially near the coastline, rather slick.

The steadiest snow will wrap up by lunch time, with lighter snow tapering off during the afternoon. It will remain windy all day, especially near the coast.

Final snowfall totals (which includes Saturday & Sunday snowfall) matched the forecast quite well, with most places around Greater Boston measuring 3-6″ of fluffy snow, with less to the north and west and more down towards the Cape (5.0″ in New Bedford, 6.3″ in Brewster).

Here are some selected snowfall totals from areas inside of I-495 and our forecast area–

Blue Hill Observatory/Milton (5.9″), Boston (5.1″), Weymouth (4.5″), Lynn (4.5″), West Bridgewater (4.4″), Hingham (4.0″), Hanson (4.0″), Taunton (4.0″), Acton (3.1″).