School's out today, and SouthCoasters are digging out from a foot or more of snow.

Temperatures will hover in the upper 30s with sunny skies today. However, the National Weather Service is warning of possible "snow squalls" later this afternoon and evening. The "squalls" are "a very quick coating of up to 3 inches of snow, causing rapidly changing driving conditions, with slippery roads, reduced visibility and gusty winds."


As of 3:15 p.m., about 11,000 Eversource customers across SouthCoast are without power. Marion and Rochester are hardest hit with 75 percent and 79 percent, respectively, without power.

“This has been a long, trying two weeks for our customers and we appreciate their understanding as we once again work continuously to restore power to all those affected by this latest round of severe winter weather,” said Eversource Vice President of Electric Field Operations Doug Foley. “This will be painstaking work for our crews especially on Cape Cod, the South Shore and South Coast, where the damage and outages are extensive. Our crews and support staff are doing a tremendous job responding to the severe winter weather since it began early this month and will continue to work around-the-clock to get power restored to every last customer affected by this storm as quickly as possible.”

For updates on road and traffic conditions in Massachusetts, drivers can:

Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
Visit, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions
Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

 Other winter driving tips from MassDOT include:

Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights, even the hood and roof, before driving, (start with the tailpipe).
Leave plenty of room for stopping.
Remember that the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
Bridge decks freeze first. Due to the difference in the exposure to air, the surface condition can be worse on a bridge than on the approach road.
Exit ramps are an even greater challenge during the winter since they may have received less anti-icing material than the main line.
Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows – stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.
Seat belts should be worn at all times – it’s the law.
Most importantly please remember to slow down.