By Nick Mallard
FITCHBURG -- With the weekend's snowfall ending in the early-morning hours Sunday, many in North Central Massachusetts awoke to several inches of fluffy, white precipitation accumulated outside.
Several towns in the region reached double digits in snow measurements, with Westminster getting nearly 11 inches of snow, while Lunenburg residents received just over 10 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Taunton. Light flurries continued throughout the afternoon, but the majority of the storm's damage was done overnight.
Steve Kimber, a government contracted worker, spent his morning snowblowing sidewalks, the walkway and stairs in front of Fitchburg's Main Street post office.
"This storm lived up to what everyone said it would be," Kimber said. "I've been out here for two hours doing this. I'm ready to go home and watch the Patriots."
Now that the snow has fallen, areas will have a day or two to dig out, noted Kim Buttrick of the National Weather Service. She said "it was something of a blessing" that the majority of the storm came overnight during a weekend.
"It's just going to be a bitter cold moving in for (today and tonight)," Buttrick said. "We've got another snow event looking like it will come in Tuesday, but it looks like it's quick moving and will just be a burst of snow in the afternoon and evening. We're not predicting how much yet, but it looks like a minor accumulation."
Buttrick said that the interior and western parts of the state got the most snow, but that Cape Cod and the shores of Boston were hit with a few inches before rain and sleet moved in as part of a wintery mix.
"It got a bit messy along the coast this morning," she said. "Inland and in parts of Connecticut and New Hampshire, it was all snow. And in some areas, there was quite a bit."
Area police noted people seemed to heed warnings of the dangers of going out during the storm. Both the Leominster and Fitchburg police departments reported just a handful of minor accidents caused by the snowfall, while the state police said they only saw a few spinouts on highways through the storm.