Canton is getting back to normal after taking a hit from the third nor'easter of the month on Tuesday. 

Eversource only is reporting 10 Canton customers without power as of 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Fire Chief Charles Doody reported that the storm has had a limited impact in the town as of early afternoon Tuesday.

The town's DPW did a good good job keeping the roads open, with most people staying off the roads, Doody said.

In total, the fire department responded to 10 calls for service throughout the day.

The third nor'easter to pummel the South Shore in less than two weeks dumped 14 to 24 inches of snow and brought blizzard-strength winds that wiped out power lines and downed trees across the region.

Lower tides meant coastal residents were spared from the severe flooding that sent icy waters surging through neighborhoods in Brant Rock, Humarock and Green Harbor during the last two storms, but high winds and heavy, wet snow took a toll on trees and power lines, leaving thousands to weather the storms in their cold, dark homes.

 

More than 240,000 homes and businesses across the state were without electricity at the height of the storm around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, including 65,000 in Plymouth and Norfolk Counties.

 

At 7 a.m. Wednesday, 161,000 customers statewide and 40,000 in Plymouth County were still without power. Half of Norwell, Pembroke, Duxbury and Carver are without electricity. Marshfield, Kingston, Hanson, Hanover, Plymouth and Scituate all have more than 1,000 homes and businesses without power.

 

In Norfolk County, only 1 percent of customers are off line.

 

Most local school systems called off Wednesday classes.

 

Snow totals ranged from 14 to 24 inches, with Sharon reporting 2 feet. The storm met the specifications of a blizzard in Boston, Marshfield, Plymouth, Cape Cod and the islands, according to the National Weather Service.

 

"A storm has to have sustained winds of over 35 mph for three hours with visibility of less than a quarter of a mile to be a blizzard," Don McCasland, program director at Blue Hills Observatory in Milton, said. "Many parts, if not all parts, on the coast will have an official blizzard reading."

 

As of 2 p.m. the observatory recorded a peak wind gust of more than 60 mph with frequent gusts of more than 45 mph. Meteorologists also recorded more than 15 inches of new snow.

 

Snow fell at rates of up to 3 inches an hour until 5 p.m., shutting down roads and causing more than 800 canceled flights at Boston's Logan International Airport. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said dozens to hundreds more could be canceled throughout the day on Wednesday as airport crews struggle to keep runways clear amid drifting snow and continued flurries.

 

On the roads, the blizzard conditions were causing similar problems.

 

More than 30 percent of Norwell's roads were closed to traffic on Tuesday as tree limbs and wires fell onto roads. National Grid said it could be as long as 72 hours before power is restored for the 2,300 residents and businesses who lost service.

 

Fire Chief Andy Reardon said firefighters were inundated with calls around midday about downed trees and wires all over town.

 

"We've asked residents and last night the governor asked residents to stay off the roads and we really just need people to do that," he said.

 

Trees fell in two places along Main Street in Norwell, at the intersection Parker Street and another near Harbor Lane, making the road impassable. Norwell Police also closed Bowker Street to traffic due to downed power lines, Norwell Police tweeted.

 

In Duxbury, where more than 72 percent of residents and businesses are without power, residents will also have to wait days for the power to turn back on after the town's electrical infrastructure suffered major damage, the fire department said in a statement.

 

Shelters were open overnight in at least a dozen South Shore communities to give residents a warm place to stay.

 

A National Weather Service travel advisory warning people of “near impossible travel conditions” convinced most people to stay off the roads throughout the day Tuesday.

 

Gov. Charlie Baker said residents did a good job of staying off the roads in a midday press conference as the storm raged outside.

 

Pollack said the state department of transportation deployed more than 3,500 plows and pieces of equipment to clear roads, in addition to hundreds more of city- and town-owned trucks, plows and front-end loaders that worked keeping local roads clear.

 

Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan said crews were making quick work of several trees brought down in the storm.

 

"It's noticeable that people have stayed off the roads," Sullivan said.

 

Even plows were having a tough time on the snowy roads. Holbrook Police reported three accidents involving plows: two which were struck by other vehicles and one which hit a utility pole. No injuries were reported.

 

The MBTA and commuter rail operated on a very limited schedule throughout the duration of the storm, a tactic that kept 90 percent of trains running on time, Pollack said. Ferry service was canceled all day but expected to resume on Wednesday morning. The high-occupancy "zipper lane" on Interstate 93 remained closed Tuesday as well.

 

"At the MBTA, the goal has been to provide limited service, but one that gets them where they need to be," Pollack said.

 

March had been unusually harsh for the Boston area even before Tuesday's storm, with 7 inches of snow already recorded at Logan Airport, nearly twice the normal amount of snowfall for this point in the month.

 

Tuesday's storm didn't break any records for snowfall for March, which was set in 1993 at 38.9 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

 

Reach Erin Tiernan at etiernan@ledger.com.