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Snowstorm hits region

Debbie Lundgren of Hanson emerged from a store April 5 to find a snow squall.
Debbie Lundgren of Hanson emerged from a store April 5 to find a snow squall. (Globe Staff Photo / Tom Herde)

Greater Boston, along with most of the eastern portions of New England, went back into the winter mode on Wednesday as a snowstorm swept up from the south across the region.

At times the big, wet snowflakes came down so heavily that driving conditions were similar to a mid-winter whiteout.

Forecasters urged motorists to use caution and said that roads not treated with sand and salt could become very slippery as the day progressed into night.

Boston itself did not have a great deal of snow, but communities inland had up to five inches.

The storm first entered the region through Connecticut and then moved eastward across Rhode Island into Massachusetts.

Reports from weather spotters coming into the National Weather Service and area televisions stations showed that Worcester, Middlesex, and Essex County were getting the heaviest snow in Massachusetts. The storm during the afternoon moved across coastal New Hampshire into the state of Maine.

Forecasters said there was a possibility of periods of flurries in Massachusetts overnight. Partly cloudy and cool temperatures are predicted for Thursday with rain on Friday, but warmer temperatures.

What happened on Wednesday in eastern portions of New England did not compare to up to 10 inches of snow that fell Tuesday in northern parts of Vermont and New Hampshire.

Weather records, meanwhile, show that it is not uncommon to have snow in early April. Folks often talk about the April Fool's Day blizzard that left over 26 inches of snow in Boston in its wake.

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