In an annoying coda to a painful winter, a spring nor'easter slickened roads this morning, causing numerous spinouts, while heavy, wet snow brought down tree branches and power lines, leaving thousands of people without power.
State Police said most of the storm-related crashes were minor. They advised drivers to take it slow and leave plenty of space between them and the car ahead.
National Grid reported that 2,312 customers were experiencing power outages by mid-morning. NStar reported by mid-morning that about 3,000 customers had lost power.
"We do have crews out working to get everybody back as quickly as possible," said National Grid spokeswoman Amy Zorich. She advised people to stay away from downed lines and call the company if they see trees touching the lines.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Western and northern Central Massachusetts. Those areas are seeing periods of moderate to heavy snow and are expected to get an accumulation of 4 to 10 inches.
By 5 a.m., 5.1 inches were reported in the Worcester County town of Sterling and 5 inches in the city of Worcester.
In the immediate Boston area, where a winter weather advisory is in effect, 2 to 4 inches are expected, but light to locally moderate snow is expected to change to rain this morning. By 7 a.m., it was raining at the Globe's offices in Dorchester. Fog and mist were reported at Logan International Airport on the harbor.
Adam Hurtubise of the Massachusetts Transportation Department's highway division said that at 8 a.m. there were 966 pieces of equipment -- salt trucks, sanders, and snowplows -- on the roads. By 10 a.m., that number had been reduced to 737.
"Our crews got out there ahead of it, and right now the pavement is wet but it is clear," he said.
Peter Judge of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said there had been no reported injuries from any of the spinouts and fender benders. The number of outages across the state was also declining.
"Slowly but surely, the lights are getting back on," Judge said. "And we expect that to improve during the day."
Minor coastal flooding may occur at the 11 a.m. high tide today, particularly in Plymouth County, he said.
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