Half a foot of snow fell in Westford on Friday following a fast-moving winter storm that made its away across the state.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Westford received between six and a half to seven inches of snowfall early Friday morning after heavy snow began to fall around 3:00 a.m.
Due to the fast-moving nature of the storm, the NWS issued a winter storm warning for Middlesex County as well as parts of neighboring Essex County and Worcester County, and southern New Hampshire.
The accumulations were rapid, as the temperatures we not far below freezing causing the snow to be wet and heavy, and pile up quickly.
Westford was spared some of the heavier snowfall that occurred further east, where accumulations were reported at high as nine to twelve inches.
However, road conditions were very slippery, with much of the snow turning into slush throughout the day Friday, negatively impacting the morning and evening commute.
Dropping temperatures from the low 30s into the low 20s Friday evening combined with the wet snow and slush on the ground resulted in a flash-freeze, making travel on roads and highways even more dangerous.
Gov. Charlie Baker urged Massachusetts residents to stay off roads and highways unless absolutely necessary, and if so to be cautious while driving.
“If you don’t have to travel tomorrow, we urge you to consider staying home, and if you do need to travel, please use caution throughout the day,” Baker said in a statement on Thursday evening.
Accidents were reported across the state on Friday, which included a collision between a semi-truck and MBTA commuter rail train near I-495 in Littleton, just under seven miles from Westford.
Fortunately, schools in Westford did not have to close for a snow day as Westford Public School students are currently on their February break, which came as a relief to many parents.
Although spring is just 22 days away, the upcoming week’s forecast in Westford is making many residents feel like winter is here to stay.