Winter Storm Warning & Advisory in Effect in New England; Up to 12″ of Snow Expected
A winter storm warning is effective until 7 p.m. In the majority of western Massachusetts, as well as locations north of Boston, Worcester, and Springfield, Saturday is the day of the week. An advisory warning of winter weather is in effect for Boston, certain areas of Norfolk and Bristol counties, as well as areas along the North Shore. Snow begins around or just after midnight Friday night and quickly ramps up heading into Saturday morning. Meteorologists are keeping a close eye on a wintry mix that should arrive late Friday night and last through Saturday, with more significant snowfall expected north of the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Snowfall totals in New England will vary, but the highest amounts are expected along and north of the Route 2 corridor, with up to 12 inches of snow possible. Areas inside the Massachusetts Turnpike may see anywhere between 2 to 8 inches of snow, while those in and around Worcester should expect 6 to 8 inches, and further north in Greenfield, Fitchburg and Lawrence up to 12 inches.
Strong winds are expected to accompany the snow, with gusts up to 45 mph along the coast. Wind advisories are in effect for parts of Essex and Barnstable counties, as well as Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk counties. Farther inland, occasional gusts of 30-40 mph are expected on Saturday afternoon. The combination of heavy snow and strong winds may cause power outages.
The snow will begin winding down on Saturday evening, with winds dying down as well. With temperatures reaching the low 40s, some melting is anticipated on Sunday. Another storm could arrive late in the week, so forecasters are keeping an eye on the pattern. For now, it’s important to stay prepared and avoid unnecessary travel while the storm is in effect.
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