WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts has emerged relatively unscathed from a powerful and early winter storm that struck the region, forcing residents to deal with painfully cold wind gusts, storm surges, slushy sidewalks, icy roads and freezing temperatures Thursday.
The storm Wednesday and into Thursday dropped more than 9 inches of snow in some areas of the state and forced some schools to delay opening. State police said it also caused numerous spinouts and minor accidents on the state’s major roads. One person died in a crash on Route 28 in Bourne on Thursday morning, and although there were high winds and rain at the time, it was too soon to say it was weather related.
Spotters for the National Weather Service spotted unofficial snowfall totals of 9.3 inches in Southbridge, 7.5 inches in Monson and 6 inches in Foxborough.
‘‘I'm happy to see the snow, but it’s too early for the snow,’’ Worcester resident Mabel White said while standing on a slushy sidewalk.
National Weather Service meteorologist Stephanie Dunten said the storm unleashed strong wind gusts across Cape Cod and neighboring islands, with several locations reporting winds of up to 60 mph and damage in Plymouth and Cape Cod. The combination of a snowstorm and cold winds resulted in a glazing of ice in parts of the state, with the town of Spencer reporting 0.12 inches of ice.
‘‘It was a pretty powerful nor'easter. It brought a lot of snow across northern Connecticut to central Massachusetts as well as in northern Rhode Island,’’ Dunten said.
The state’s major utilities reported some minor power outages. The snow also slowed the morning commute.
‘‘I think it’s exciting. I embrace storms, I like them. It mixes things up and it gives everyone an excuse to be a little bit late,’’ said Heidi Charlebois of Worcester.
Charlebois, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya who now works for the nonprofit United Way of Central Massachusetts, said she’s now used to the unpredictable weather in New England.
‘‘Two years ago we couldn’t drive in Worcester because the snow piles were about 10 feet high and last winter it didn’t snow at all,’’ Charlesbois said. ‘‘Now it is Nov. 8 and it’s just freezing and cold, and last week there was a hurricane — so you never really know what you are going to get here.’’
Sue Carmichael, of Clinton, said she wishes the nor'easter ‘‘could have waited’’ before hitting so soon after last week’s storm.
‘‘I only like Christmas snow,’’ she said.
She said the region has had ‘‘three punches in a month:’’ including a magnitude-4.0 earthquake in southern Maine that was felt throughout New England.
‘‘It’s New England. It’s wonderful, isn’t it?’’ she said, laughing.