BOSTON — Massachusetts residents are once again preparing for a winter storm that is expected to drop heavy, wet snow across the state Thursday.
Central and western parts of the state, which are under a winter storm warning through 7 a.m. Friday, are bracing for up to 15 inches of snow, with less accumulation expected as you move eastward across the state. Boston could see up to 5 inches.
Meteorologist David Epstein says snow will start across the state between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Thursday and predicts the afternoon commute will be most impacted.
“As the morning progresses, warmer air will change the snow to rain across Cape Cod and the Islands and wash away any accumulation of snow,” Epstein explained. “The rain/snow line will move west during the mid to late afternoon period, reaching about the Route 495 belt. It’s during this time snow will be particularly heavy across the central part of the state.”
There could be another period of snow after midnight, and parts of the state could see an additional coating to 3 inches accumulate.
“This final area of snow is not a sure bet yet and will need to be watched closely as it could impact the Friday morning commute,” Epstein said.
The National Weather Service is warning of possible downed trees and power outages during the storm, as well as the possibility of minor coastal flooding from Salisbury to Scituate.