Christmas Day brings snow, power outages across the region

The wintry scene on Boston Common on Christmas Day. –Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

It was a white Christmas for millions across the region, as snow blanketed New England. But it was a blackout Christmas — twinkling lights gone dark — for about 20,000 people in Massachusetts who lost power.

Midday, most of the outages were on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, according to Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. More than half of all customers in Wellfleet were without power, while all 560 customers in Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard couldn’t turn on the lights.

High winds lashed coastal Massachusetts, and the National Weather Service issued a high-wind warning for Cape Cod and the Islands, predicting winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 65 mph.