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2012 Leaves Us With a Weekend Snowstorm

By M.L.Baron Correspondent WEST ISLAND: What was mostly a rain event for the immediate SouthCoast, ended in snow as the storm came closer and intensified headed northeast off Nantucket. The rain /snow line remained snug along the coast. While it was raining into the evening at West Island, it was snowing just north of the water tank on Sconticut Neck. As the temperatures plummeted below freezing the rain finally changed to snow everywhere after 8PM Saturday night. Snowfall totals were higher inland with accumulations up to 10 inches reported in Bristol County. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SNOWFALL REPORTS: WEST ISLAND...............3.0" ATTLEBORO................. 9.8" DIGHTON...................... 6.6" FALL RIVER.................. 6.0" MANSFIELD.................. 5.5" WESTPORT.................. 5.3" NORTH ATTLEBORO... 5.3" SOMERSET.................. 5.1" NEW BEDFORD........... 5.0" TAUNTON.................... .4.2" ACUSHNET................... 2.5" These numbers are subject to change as further reports come in. Weather storm statistics compiled from the 3 West Island Weather Station sites: Saturdays December 29th 2012 storm had a high wind gust out of the north at 29 MPH at 7:26PM. Rainfall measured .93" before a change over to all snow around 8:10PM. The high temperature for the day was 41F with a low of 28F. The barometer bottomed out at 29.30" at 8:00PM. It should be noted that if the precipitation was an all snow event, accumulations could have exceeded a foot in Fairhaven and Acushnet. Cold air is expected to remain in place through the first week of 2013 with temperatures only reaching the low 30's to the teens at night. Mostly clear skies with a quiet storm pattern over the next few days will start off the new year.
  
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