Storm drops more than a foot of snow on southern New England

BOSTON (AP) - BOSTON (AP) — The first big snowstorm of the year dropped more than a foot of snow on some areas of southern New England, but the region may not be finished with the snow just yet.

The National Weather Service said a heavy band of snow squalls could dump another 1 to 2 inches in some areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut beginning Sunday afternoon. The weather service warned drivers to be on the alert for snow squalls because they could happen suddenly and be intense, creating near-whiteout conditions.

A powerful storm Saturday hit hardest in southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the islands. The town of East Bridgewater, about 30 miles south of Boston, reported the highest snow total, a whopping 19.5 inches. Boston reported about 8 inches. Parts of Connecticut reported up to 10 inches, while parts of Rhode Island had up to 12.

Temperatures were expected to remain in the 20s on Sunday.

A Massachusetts fisherman fell overboard near a pier in Provincetown during the snowstorm but was rescued.

The Coast Guard received a mayday call from a fishing vessel Saturday night stating a crew member had fallen overboard near the MacMillan Pier. A crew from the Coast Guard station in Provincetown arrived about 15 minutes later, along with the Provincetown harbormaster, who saw a flashing strobe light attached to a life ring the fishing boat’s crew had thrown to the fisherman.

Chief Petty Officer James Zerinskas said there were strong winds and low visibility due to the storm.

Two Coast Guard crew members transferred over to the harbormaster’s boat and helped pull the man from the 39-degree water. The man was treated for hypothermia.

At least 20 vehicles were involved in a chain reaction accident on a snowy stretch of Interstate 91 in Middletown, Connecticut, during the storm, though no serious injuries were reported.

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