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March 8, 2013

Foot of snow falls in some Mass. towns

Lisa Parisella was ready to dig out her sandals, with spring less than two weeks away.

Instead, the Beverly woman found herself donning her winter boots for a trip to the grocery store Friday to make sure she had enough food for her kids, who were staying home from school because of a slow-moving storm that hit Massachusetts harder than expected.

"I was like OK, kids home, I need to go get some food," said Parisella, 47, an office manager who took the day off. "This was unexpected. They were broadcasting between and 1 and 8 inches, so I assumed it was going to be 1. I was ready to start decorating for spring. I was thinking, March, ready to take out the sandals, and I'm taking out the boots again."

Beverly got off comparatively easy, with just 6 inches of snow by early Friday.

Some parts of the state had a foot or more by midmorning, with more expected before the storm peters out early in the afternoon. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 1 p.m.

The National Weather Service reported that central Massachusetts and areas southwest of Boston are getting the most snow.

Mansfield had more than 14 inches; Rockland had 12.

The northern Worcester County towns of Athol and Ashburnham both got more than a foot.

The state Emergency Management Agency was monitoring coastal areas for flooding. The "jackpot high tide" was around 8 a.m. Friday, and agency spokesman Peter Judge said there were reports of flooding and beach erosion. Coastal flooding reports were coming in from Scituate, south of Boston, and Revere and Winthrop, north of the city.

WBZ-FM reported that a home on Plum Island, north of Boston, fell into the ocean.

School districts across the state canceled classes.

The morning commute became a slushy crawl on most major highways, complicated by spinouts.

The major utilities in eastern Massachusetts reported about 6,000 power outages combined, mostly south of Boston, a number Judge said was "pretty remarkable" given the heavy snow and high winds.

The good news is that temperatures in the Boston area could approach 60 this weekend.

"So hopefully it will all be melted, and I can move forward," Parisella said.

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Associated Press writer Mark Pratt contributed from Boston.

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