Newton dodges foot of snow, gets heavy wet mess instead

Newton didn’t end up with as much snowfall as expected from the weekend’s storm, but that storm left a big, slushy mess.

The snow and wind arrived Saturday afternoon and battered the region along with some freezing rain before drifting away Sunday night.

Plow crews spent all day Sunday clearing the snow and slush off the roads.

By 5 p.m. Sunday, Newton only had around 2.5 inches of snow on the ground, according to the National Weather Service, but a couple more inches were expected over the course of the evening.

Communities across the state, particularly in areas that saw a foot of snow, have closed schools for Monday. But as of 8 p.m. Sunday, schools had not been closed for Monday in Newton.

A few homes throughout the city were without power Sunday (most of them in Newton Centre), according to Eversource, but there were no widespread outages.

Newton North High School on Jan. 7, 2024, after the weekend snowstorm. Photo by Burton Glass

While points north and west got more than a foot of light, powdery snow between Saturday night and Sunday night, Greater Boston and communities along the shore were hit with heavy, wet snow that turned to slush and made shoveling a treacherous feat.

And then came the freeze.

Temperatures dropped to the low-20s Sunday evening, turning that slushy wet snow into a slippery, concrete-like chunks of ice, promising a dicey Monday morning commute.

The rest of the week is expected to bring more mild temperatures and some rain on Tuesday and Wednesday that could add to flooding concerns in the wake of the weekend snowstorm.

New England has had very little snow so far this season, with milder temperatures in November and December producing lots of rain instead.