Cleanup efforts continue around New England after the region was slammed by a major nor'easter Thursday that brought blizzard conditions with heavy snow, high winds and biting cold temperatures.
Boston's snow emergency ended at 8 a.m. Friday. Mayor Marty Walsh said public works employees will be out salting and plowing more city streets, and that code enforcement will be out by 10 a.m. to ticket those who are not shoveling sidewalks or shoveling snow into the street.
"Everyone did a great job in this storm," he said.
Walsh added that space savers - a time-honored tradition on the streets of Boston where residents use random objects from their homes to save a parking spot they shoveled out - will be allowed for 48 hours after the snow emergency was lifted.
Power crews worked through the night to restore service to tens of thousands of customers in eastern Massachusetts, where power lines and wires had been knocked down by raging winds. There were more than 50,000 power outages at the peak of the storm, but by 9 a.m. Friday that number was down to about 8,000.
Meanwhile, MBTA crews worked around the clock overnight to ensure a smooth commute for the morning. Trains were kept idling throughout the night to keep them warm, and while there were virtually no issues on the T during the storm on Thursday, transit officials wanted to avoid any problems as people headed back to work and school.
There were some delays reported on the Providence, Haverhill, Newburyport, and Franklin lines on Friday morning.
Eight hundred workers and heavy snow removing equipment were also out in full force overnight to keep tracks clear.
In Worcester, Thursday's snowfall had ended by 6 p.m. Nearly 12 hours later, most main roads were clear, but some parking lots and side roads still needed to be cleaned up.
"It's starting in February like it usually does. It will continue on, we've been lulled into that false sense of security that it's going to warm up quick and it never does," Worcester resident Tim Belliveau said, adding that he's happy with the change, but knows "most people (are) not so happy."
There is a chance of more snow on Friday night, and another storm could hit on Sunday.