Updated: Friday, 08 Mar 2013, 8:14 AM EST
Published : Friday, 08 Mar 2013, 5:48 AM EST
BOSTON (AP) — A slow-moving storm centered far out in the Atlantic Ocean dropped more than a foot of snow in some parts of Massachusetts, caused coastal flooding and slowed the morning commute to a slushy crawl.
The National Weather Service reported Friday that central Massachusetts and areas southwest of Boston are getting the most snow, and will get more before the storm tapers off after noon.
Flooding at the morning high tide closed some coastal roads north and south of Boston.
Many school districts have canceled classes.
More than a foot of snow had been reported in Mansfield and Rockland, while the northern Worcester County towns of Athol and Ashburnham also got more than a foot.
The major utilities in eastern Massachusetts were reporting about 6,000 power outages combined, mostly south of Boston.