The National Weather Service, relying on trained spotters, says Tuesday's storm brought more than 2 feet of snow to some communities. Amtrak said it would restore most service between Boston and New York City on Wednesday.
A nor'easter that could bring blizzard conditions and almost 2 feet of snow to some areas of New England quickly intensified Tuesday morning, covering highways with snow and knocking out power to tens of thousands.
The service's Taunton, Massachusetts, office said on Twitter late Tuesday morning that automated observing sites in Hyannis, Falmouth, and Plymouth recorded three consecutive hours of blizzard conditions despite some missing observations due to a power loss.
"I love a good snowstorm, but I'm ready, I'm all done", he told WCVB-TV.
At the Yotel hotel in Boston's Seaport neighborhood, guests were busy rescheduling their flights over breakfast or, in the case of 80-year-old Roy Zaloom of Ramsey, New Jersey, preparing for a morning drive back home with his family. "Six more weeks of winter, and probably then some".
At one point, more than a quarter-million people were without power in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Elsewhere in the state, wind gusts of 81 miles per hour were felt in Falmouth.
Many school districts across New England will be closed for a second day Wednesday as the region begins to dig out.
Boston's Logan International Airport, almost deserted Tuesday, resumed flights Wednesday. "It is entirely possible that we could get to 2 feet in this storm in some spots; it's also possible nobody hits 18 inches", he said.
"If I lost power, we'd (still) celebrate Mass", Healey said.
The Mourne, Massachusetts, police department shared dashcam video of a tree falling just up the road from where one of their cruisers was headed, CBS Boston reports.
In Billerica, Massachusetts, where 25.5 inches (64 centimeters) of snow fell, Michelle Furlong made an age-old New England winter threat as she shoveled.
And while NY got less snow than New England on Tuesday, the state was in line for a harder hit Wednesday. But Secretary of State William Gardner and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said under state law, town meeting elections must go on.
Boston experienced blizzard conditions Tuesday, with officials estimating almost 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow fell in parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maine. During that month, the city got a record total of 1.65 metres of snow.