While there were some minor motor vehicle accidents and instances of cars skidding off the roads, there were no serious mishaps as of 5:30 p.m., Gray said.
Haverhill School Superintendent James Scully, like most local superintendents, said conflicting weather reports leading up to yesterday’s storm resulted in a delay in calling off school until 5 a.m. He said he would have liked to have notified parents and staff sooner, but that forecasts kept changing as to what time the first flakes were supposed to fall.
These are the unofficial snowfall totals provided by the National Weather Service for area communities: North Andover, 9 inches, 5:12 p.m.; Georgetown, 8 inches, 5:54 p.m.; Salisbury, 7 inches, 4:34 p.m.;Topsfield, 6.6 inches, 5:01 p.m.; Bradford section of Haverhill, 6.5 inches, 5:20 p.m.; and Boxford, 5.7 inches, 6 p.m. The Andover Police Department reported 6.5 inches of snow as of 4 p.m.
Ryan Breton, a meteorology student at Penn State University who runs AtkinsonWeather.com, said he measured 10 inches of snow in Atkinson, N.H., last night.
Other snowfall he reported: Seabrook, N.H., 8.4 inches; Hampstead, 9.4 inches; Methuen, 8 inches, 6:30 p.m.; and Lawrence 7.5 inches, 6:50 p.m.
“It was really coming down between 2:30 and 4 p.m.,” Breton said.
Staff reporter Mike LaBella contributed to this report.