BOSTON Another nor’easter is taking aim at Massachusetts.
Forecasters expect the snow storm, which arrived late Wednesday afternoon, will drop at least 6 inches of snow on Boston and up to a foot on the South Shore and Cape Cod.
A winter storm warning has been issued for Boston and surrounding areas. The snow should accelerate in the evening, and could fall at more than 1 inch per hour late Wednesday.
The snow is forecast to end around 6 a.m. Thursday.
As a result, Boston was one of dozens of districts to cancel school for Thursday.
A coastal flood watch has been issued for Thursday morning’s high tide for the state’s entire coastline.
Peter Judge, of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, says flooding is a concern.
“With the early predawn high tide, there’s potential for some coastal flooding, particularly the areas that unfortunately that went through the same problem with the December storm,” he said.
Dozens of flights at Logan International Airport were canceled Wednesday evening.
Highway and public transit officials said Wednesday they’re doing everything possible to reduce delays for the Thursday morning commute.
MBTA General Manager Richard Davey says he expects fewer problems from this storm than during the sub-zero temperatures earlier this week.
“In contrast (to earlier this week), the snowstorms we’ve done pretty well,” Davey said.
The T plans to run trains all night to clear outdoor tracks.
Highway Administrator Luisa Paiewonsky says snow plows are already treating roads to prevent icing and will also work through the night.
“It’s hard to say for sure what the roads will look like in the morning, but the purpose of working all night is to get them as passable as possible for the morning commute,” she said.
The storm comes as the region has already seen more snowfall than an average winter, leaving many cities and towns at or over their snow removal budgets.
Despite the budget problems, MEMA’s Judge says snow removal won’t be a problem.
“Well from a public safety perspective, communities, state agencies, that’s not going to happen,” Judge said. “That’s the most important issue that we have to deal with.”
Judge says he expects at least some power outages.
“We’re gonna have some very strong winds associated with this storm, so power outages are going to be an issue,” Judge said.