Here’s how much snow fell across Massachusetts in Friday’s ‘rare October storm’

Some areas recorded up to a half foot.

A frosty pumpkin covered in snow on a doorstep in Sudbury. David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

Massachusetts residents woke up Saturday to weather that looked more like Christmas than Halloween, following the unseasonable storm Friday that blanketed most of the state with snow.

According to the National Weather Service, some parts of Massachusetts, including areas around Worcester and Braintree, even saw up to a half-foot of accumulation from the “rare October snowstorm.”

“A fairly large swath of 4.5 to 6.5 inches of snow fell across northeast CT, northern RI and into central/eastern MA,” the NWS tweeted Saturday alongside its final snowfall map.

Bill Simpson, a meteorologist at the service’s Boston/Norton branch, told that the accumulation of snow was a couple inches more than forecasters had generally predicted.


But enjoy the wintry scenes while they last.

“It’s pretty much gone right now,” Simpson said Saturday afternoon.

While the snow was followed by near-record low temperatures Saturday morning, the weather gave way to sunny blue skies and afternoon temperatures in the high 30s. Forecasters also expect some “much needed” rain across the state Sunday, beginning in the morning.

Simpson said the skies should remain clear Saturday night for residents trick or treating amidst of another rare event: a Halloween full moon.

He did however caution that the Halloween night temperatures would be “a little bit cold.”

Simpson also shot down the popular theory that an early snowstorm indicates a milder winter season.


“There’s no credence to that,” he said.

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