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Crews Clean Up Widespread Snowfall Across Greater Boston, New England

Places like Milford, Mass. got more than 16 inches of snow

Monday morning's disorienting snow created a nightmare of a commute for early drivers and caused thousands of power outages across Massachusetts.

It also created a bit of a mess across Massachusetts.

Monday night, crews were still cleaning up with a sense of urgency to get it all done before the cold hit overnight.

The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads last year was the highest in 28 years, according to a report from a safety organization. Using data reported by states, the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed last year. That's up 4 percent from 2017 and 35 percent since 2008. The association blames the increase on factors that include distracted or impaired drivers, more people walking to work, and more SUVs on the road, which cause more severe injuries in collisions with people on foot.

In Milford, Massachusetts, residents got more than 16 inches of snow. It was a welcome sight for many who wondered if winter would ever hit, and it meant no school and plenty of time to sled.

In Newton, Kathleen Heck and her neighbors ha dplenty to shovel, as well.

"I plan on spending a great deal of time with my friend, the shovel," she joked.

President Donald Trump's former lawyer has completed three days of testimony on Capitol Hill — and is coming back for another day next week — after publicly branding his former boss a racist and a con man who lied about business dealings in Russia and directed him to conceal extramarital relationships. Cohen was interviewed behind closed doors Thursday by the House Intelligence Committee for more than eight hours, the last of his three appearances before Congress this week. He said as he left that he would be returning to Capitol Hill on March 6 for another round of questioning with the same panel.

In Canton, some snowblowers were getting used for only the second time this winter. 

"As you guys like to say, it's a plowable event. Definitely giving my snowblower some work to do," one resident said.

In Norwood,  NBC10 Boston meteorologist Chris Gloninger shot timelapse videos showing the snow moving in and then melting as temperatures warmed up.

More than 15,000 Massachusetts residents were without power during the peak of the storm Monday morning, according to MEMA. As of 12:45 p.m., that number was brought down to 4,059.

The shovels and plows are out in Boston and the greater region as a blanket of snow covered the region with several inches.

The wet and heavy snow strained electrical wires and made for downed trees across the state. In Norton, 3,029 customers were without power and 2,286 Cambridge customers were blacked out.

During the storm, a plow truck clipped a high-pressure gas meter outside an assisted living community in Needham. The gas started seeping into one building, causing two to be evacuated. They have since returned to their homes.

IMAGES: Storm Leaves Picturesque Scene Across Region

Jacquelyn Goddard, MassDOT's Communications Director, announced a tractor-trailer jackknifed in a serious crash on I-90 in Charlton, Massachusetts. The crash caused the big rig to spill fuel on the road, prompting a shutdown for a few lanes. Lanes were reopened at 7:15 a.m.

MassDOT announced the HOV lane of Interstate 93 south would not be open on Monday due to the storm response.

In Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood, a tipped tractor was stuck on VFW Parkway in the early hours.

Most of the court system in the greater Boston area will have a delayed opening through 11 a.m., officials announced. However, courts in Barnstable, Nantucket and Dukes will operate at their usual time.

Several MBTA trains were under a delay and a few others were canceled due to the unforgiving snow.

State police warned drivers to "Clear the snow before you go," to prevent any tragedies from occurring. Drivers who travel with uncleared snow on the roof of their vehicles pose a threat to themselves and others around them if the snow falls.

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