NE storm proves but a nuisance

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    George "Big G" Dagracia solicits from passers-by under light snow in Boston, Monday, March 21, 2016. The National Weather Service says southeastern Massachusetts, including Boston and Rhode Island could get several inches of snow through Monday morning. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Snow coats apple trees and fencing at Smolak Farms, Monday, March 21, 2016, in North Andover, Mass. Steady snowfall made for a sloppy Monday morning commute across much of New England. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Foxfire Buck walks on a slush-covered street after cross-country skiing along Back Cove in Portland, Maine, as it snows Monday, March 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Robert F. Bukaty

  • A man shields himself from a mix of snow and freezing rain in Halifax on Monday, March 21, 2016. A storm system known as a nor'easter is bringing rain, freezing rain, and snow to many of the Maritime provinces with a snowfall warning being issued for parts of Nova Scotia. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP) Darren Calabrese

  • Daniel Cardona clears snow from a sidewalk in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, Monday, March 21, 2016. The National Weather Service says southeastern Massachusetts, including Boston and Rhode Island could get several inches of snow through Monday morning. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • A woman walks past a construction site as snow falls in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, Monday, March 21, 2016. The National Weather Service says southeastern Massachusetts, including Boston and Rhode Island could get several inches of snow through Monday morning. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Snow gathers on a budding maple tree in Boston, Monday. Michael Dwyer

Associated Press
Published: 3/21/2016 10:32:58 PM

BOSTON — Steady snowfall made for a sloppy Monday morning commute across much of New England, but many residents were relieved that the spring storm wasn’t nearly as bad as first forecast.

After initial forecasts of up to a foot or more of snow, parts of New Hampshire and Maine got about 8 inches, according to preliminary National Weather Service numbers. Boston got 3.6 inches, while some inland areas of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island got 6 to 7 inches.

By noon, the snow had stopped and the sun was out in much of the region.

Plymouth nurse Kathy McKee was pleasantly surprised when the storm didn’t dump as much snow as predicted, about 3 to 4 inches when she left her home.

“I’m relieved now and back looking forward to spring again,” she said.

Greg Crawford, manager of a rental car company in Buzzards Bay, was unimpressed. He took a shot at forecasters who overestimated the storm’s impact.

“I think their ratings are down compared to last year, so they needed something,” he said.

Schools across New England either closed for the day or delayed opening by two hours.

Police in New England reported several morning accidents, likely caused by slick roads.

Power outages were minimal, but dozens of flights in and out of Logan International Airport in Boston were canceled.

Kathy Fernandez was unfazed.

“It’s New England. No big deal,” said the Providence, Rhode Island, resident, briskly walking to work as flurries fell. “It’s just a little flurry. For the amount of snow we’ve had this year, I can’t complain.”

The snow is expected to quickly melt as temperatures rise into the 50s by midweek.

The storm was a prelude to some unsettled early spring weather in the U.S.

The National Weather Service said the stage was set for heavy snow Wednesday in the central Plains, upper Midwest and Great Lakes.


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