Thousands without power, nearly 3 feet of snow for some in Massachusetts.

Thousands without power, nearly 3 feet of snow for some in Massachusetts.

A long-lasting storm dumped about 3 feet of rain and wind in some Massachusetts towns Tuesday, and a few more inches of snow were possible until midnight. “Sunshine (Wednesday) afternoon,” StormTeam 5 Meteorologist Mike Wankom said. A winter storm warning remains in effect for parts of Middlesex, Worcester, Essex, Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties. A high wind warning has been posted for coastal areas, including eastern portions of Essex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Barnstable counties, as well as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Information: Check for closures and delays | Weather Alerts | Interactive Radar | “We’re talking about incredible snowfall here,” said Cindy Fitzgibbon, chief meteorologist for StormTeam 5. “The highest elevations could end up with 2 to 3 feet of snow.” It fell at Rowe, Massachusetts. The storm quickly intensified in southern New England. There could be 60 mph winds along the coast during the peak of the storm, prompting high wind warnings until 8 a.m. Wednesday. Wind gusts are expected to reach “35 to 45 mph in other areas of Massachusetts, which will be strong enough to cause damage during the storm.” “In areas with strong winds and snow, power outages are a concern,” Wankum said. Those along the Route 128 belt, from the northwest through northeastern Worcester County, are most at risk of power outages. Approx. 70,000 customers were without power at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Wankum says the rain will continue to turn to snow, but it will move back and forth. “I would say around 11:00 is the last Our band of snow.” “It should taper off after midnight and winds will increase to 60 mph, especially near the coast.” Areas between Interstate 495 and Interstate 95 are expected to see up to 10 inches of snow or More. Up to a few inches of snow could fall in areas of southeastern Massachusetts, but Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket islands are expected to see mostly rain. Video below: What to expect with morning tides, easterly wave mix Consistently strong winds, the slow speed and rapid intensity of the storm can lead to pockets of moderate coastal flooding and beach erosion on the coast. Coastal flood watches have been posted from Cape Cod north to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border. StormTeam 5 announces impactful weather days for both Tuesday and Wednesday. PHOTOS: Classic Nor’easter music arrives in Massachusetts, New England

A lingering nor’easter brought wind-driven rain and nearly 3 feet of rain to some Massachusetts towns Tuesday, and a few more inches of snow was possible through midnight.

“There will be snow and rain showers during the morning commute and then a break from the sunshine (Wednesday) this afternoon,” StormTeam 5 Meteorologist Mike Wankom said.

A winter storm warning remained in effect for parts of Middlesex, Worcester, Essex, Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties. A high wind warning has been posted for coastal areas, including eastern parts of Essex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Barnstable counties, as well as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

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“We’re talking about incredible snowfall here,” said Cindy Fitzgibbon, chief meteorologist for StormTeam 5. “The highest elevations could end up with 2 to 3 feet of snow.”

By 3 p.m., 30 inches of snow had fallen in Rowe, Massachusetts.

The storm quickly intensified in southern New England. There could be 60 mph wind gusts along the coast during the peak of the storm, prompting high wind warnings until 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Winds are expected to reach 35 to 45 mph in other areas of Massachusetts, which will be strong enough to cause damage during the storm.

“I think we’ll have another wave of wind, but it will be after the storm passes and more of a northwest direction,” Wankum said.

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In areas with strong winds and snow, power outages are a concern. Those who live along the Route 128 Beltway, northwest of northeastern Worcester County, are most vulnerable to power outages.

Nearly 70,000 customers were without power as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Wankum says the rain will continue to turn to snow, but it will move back and forth.

“I would say around 11:00 is our last bunch of snow,” Wankum said. “It should taper off after midnight and winds will increase to 60 mph, especially near the coast.”

Areas between Interstate 495 and Interstate 95 are expected to see up to 10 inches of snow or more. Up to a few inches of snow could fall in areas of southeastern Massachusetts, but Cape Cod, the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are expected to see mostly rain.

Video below: What to expect with the morning tide

The combination of persistent strong easterly winds and the slow speed and rapid intensity of the storm can create pockets of moderate coastal flooding and beach erosion on the coast. Coastal flood watches have been posted from Cape Cod north to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border.

StormTeam 5 announces impactful weather days for both Tuesday and Wednesday.

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