“A lot of thunderstorm rainfall initially falls as heavy rain but quickly turns to snow once cold air gets in behind it. Strong winds are accompanied by heavy, wet snowfall,” said CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam. “Not an ideal situation given the dangerous conditions left after the storm.”
The impact was most severe in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Shapleigh, Maine, and Derry, New Hampshire, saw about 8 inches of snow while Paxton, Massachusetts, received 12.5 inches.
“It is not Easter this is a significant snow, wind and rain event but it could be debilitating if the temperature was only a few degrees cooler at the start of the storm,” said Van Dam.
Rainfall around Boston eased as the first summer turned toward Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Van Dam said, bringing rain and winds with gusts of up to 50 mph.
Travel is not recommended
The NWS warned against traveling on Saturday afternoon as blowing snow and strong winds could greatly reduce visibility.
The service reiterated the point at a later date, warning New England residents against swarming snowplows moving through the area “or better yet, staying at home altogether.”
Power lines can also pose a danger, the NWS tweeted.
“A Very Important Reminder from @versantpower this morning. ‘Never touch a fallen power line or a tree that has come into contact with a broken wire. Drivers are advised to slow down or move and change lanes, if possible, if approaching utility crews working on the highway. , “said the tweet.