Although about 3,000 National Grid customers remained without power Wednesday, roads were mostly clear during the morning commute.
BROCKTON — Children around the region took sleds down hills -- at a golf course in Abington, college in Bridgewater, state park in Easton and town park in Whitman -- as plows scraped roads and cleared sidewalks from Stoughton to Middleboro.
It was another day of clean-up in the Brockton area Wednesday as crews worked to return snow-covered roads to pavement, schools to open and dark homes to bright again after about 18 inches of snow fell in Winter Storm Skylar.
Although about 3,000 National Grid customers remained without power throughout the day, roads were mostly clear during the morning commute before any snow-covered roads turned to slush when temperatures rose.
In Brockton, the city deployed sidewalk plows around school areas, working to clear walkways for the second day in a row. The city was working to make the sidewalks passable after two days of cancelled school.
About 10 a.m., a sidewalk plow was seen chugging along on Torrey Street, making room for students to walk home from Brockton High School and West Middle School.
Mayor Bill Carpenter said the city had eight sidewalk plows working in teams of two.
Carpenter told The Enterprise on Tuesday that the sidewalk plows were out during the snowfall starting at 8 a.m. that day, just as the storm was beginning to intensify. Carpenter said it was better that way because the sidewalk plows are not designed to clear very large amounts of snow.
"That’s not unusual," said Carpenter, noting that they were deployed one hour after the street plows. "We saw this as a long duration storm, and time them to get out at 8 a.m. ... Folks have to realize, if you’re talking a foot and half of snow, they’ll have to plow that sidewalk at least three times. It’s not one pass through."
Carpenter said the sidewalk plows, which have different attachments, including a snow blower and a wedge plow, were working to clear 68 miles of sidewalks.
"They are doing a good job," Carpenter said. "I think under the circumstances they are doing well. These are tough, tough conditions to use a sidewalk plow."
In nearby Easton, almost all of the 2,000 customers who had lost power were fully up and running by Wednesday afternoon. School and town offices were closed for the day and many took to Borderland State Park for a wintry walk.
“It was spectacular,” Judy Heffernan said, wrapping up a snowshoeing journey with her husband, Tim. “It’s like you’re out west somewhere.”
Among the visitors at Borderland were snowshoers, cross-country skiers, hikers and some young sledders at Ames Mansion.
Further east, the Strawberry Valley Golf Course parking lot in Abington was full as packs of children and their parents zipped down the hills on sleds and Sno-Tubes.
The scene was much the same at the Whitman Town Park, where dozens had scaled the big hill just to slide back down each side.
Henry and Mabel Kennedy of Rockland watched as their sons Enrique and Alejandro shot down the slope. Mabel moved to the United States from Mexico 12 years ago, she said, and had yet to experience so many intense storms striking in such a short time in March.
"I can't believe it, this is so late in the season," she said.
Henry Kennedy agreed, but said he was in the area when the famed April Fool's snowstorm of 1997 struck, dumping more than two feet of snow over much of New England.
South, children and teenagers hit the slopes at Bridgewater State University. Snow flew in 12-year-old Cam Morrison's face as he took a tube down the hill in front of Shea-Durgin Hall.
Public safety officials throughout the region dealt with dozens of road hazards and hundreds of calls -- and some said the storm wasn't as bad as the first nor'easter that brought rain instead of now, but caused thousands of area residents to lose power, even for several days.
"This storm was actually not that bad," said Raynham police Lt. David LaPlante. "We had a lot of call volume but nothing unusual -- some tree limbs down, but nothing compared to the last storm."
In West Bridgewater, where nearly 1,000 residents were without power on Tuesday, emergency personnel brought elderly residents who didn't have power to the town's Council on Aging.
"It actually turned out to be quite enjoyable," said Marilyn Mather, the director of services. "We played games, had hot soup and people got to meet people who were in the same situation as them."
Although the region is still recovering from the third nor'easter of March, the next possible snowfall is next Tuesday into Wednesday.
"Given this threat is 6 days out, there remains a lot of uncertainty and this storm is certainly not a lock at this point," the National Weather Service said on social media. "The track will determine whether we see mainly a rain event, snowstorm or perhaps even a complete miss."
Enterprise staff reporters Sara Cline, Marc Larocque, Joe Pelletier and Tom Relihan contributed reporting to this story.