Residents along the Cape, Coast and Islands woke up to a slushy mix of rain and sleet this morning, as a winter storm grazed the region on the first full day of Spring.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Hayden Frank said the region was spared the bulk of the snow, whereas areas north and west of the Cape Cod Canal saw as many as five to eight inches.
"It's really quick—once you come off the Cape Cod Canal, you lose that warmer air coming in off the ocean and snow amounts will increase," he said this morning around 5:30 a.m.
The snow did not last long either, beginning to taper off around 9 a.m., as forecasters predicted.
"Once the snow ends, the temperatures will come up to around 40," he said. "It's a typical Spring storm where the snow will melt quickly."
The Cape and Martha's Vineyard received between one and four inches of snow, while Nantucket got mostly rain. Areas along the SouthCoast got between one and five inches of snow, according to the Standard-Times.
We can expect more Spring-like weather returning as soon as tomorrow, with partly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-40s. Showers are in the forecast for later this week.