Christmas storm brings wind and snow, downs trees in tri-town
A brief winter storm on Christmas Day brought a white Christmas to the area—downing trees with severe wind gusts in the process.
According to the National Weather Service, around one inch of snow fell in New Bedford, the closest weather-monitoring center. Just under an inch of snow was reported in other areas of Plymouth County. The weather, which hovered around 29 degrees for most of the morning, ensured that the snow would stick around for at least the day.
Wind gusts of up to 53 mph were reported in New Bedford, while Acushnet reported maximum gusts of 47 miles per hour.
Rochester faced the most damage. On Mattapoisett Road, a tree fell in the high winds, taking power lines down with it The road was blocked off entirely for a good portion of the day, and Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee said that power to the area took around eight hours to restore. A similar scenario on North Avenue meant that residents lost power for around six hours.
Trees also fell on North Ave, Pierce Street, Stuart Road, Mary's Pond, New Bedford Road, High Street, Braley Hill Road, Walnut Plain Road and Rounseville Road (Route 105).
The traffic light at the intersection of Routes 28 and 58, at the north end of Rochester, was dark for several hours due to power outages.
Chief Magee added that the department also responded to several house alarms, which were all activated due to power-related issues.
Less damage was reported in Marion and Mattapoisett. In Marion, a tree fell during the heavy winds, blocking the eastbound portion of Route 6. Police representatives from both departments said that otherwise, Christmas day was a quiet one.
Smaller tree branches were scattered through the tri-town's roads, but no reports of major damage to houses or cars was reported.