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Major Northeast cities hit hard with snow, Western Mass spared

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Western Massachusetts just missed a significant snowstorm, only waking up to about an inch in Springfield on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, the major Northeast cities of Boston, Providence, New York and Philadelphia woke up to more than a foot of snow.

A nor'easter developed off the New England coast Tuesday night, but tracked a little too far south, pulling the significant snow accumulations away from the Springfield area and closer to the coast.

The highest snowfall totals in the Springfield area occurred in far eastern Hampden County, with about 2 to 3 inches of snow towards the Monson area.

Snowfall totals rapidly increased with just a short drive to the south and east. Hartford, CT reported about 2 inches of snow. In cities like New Haven and Norwich, just another 40 miles away, snowfall totals approached 8 to 10 inches.

The Boston area saw a similar sharp gradient in snowfall totals. Downtown Boston reported about 4 inches of snow, while 25 miles south in the towns of Hanover and Norwell, about 18 inches was recorded.

Thousands of flights were canceled on Tuesday from LaGuardia Airport in New York to Logan International in Boston in anticipation of the storm.

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