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Forecast: 1 To 5 Inches Of Snow In Boston With Messy Evening Commute

BOSTON — Across northeastern Worcester County and interior Essex County snowfall totals could exceed 5 inches Tuesday, with up to 5 expected in Boston and less than an inch over the outer part of the Cape and Islands.

Snow will be moderate to heavy at times over much of the area through 5 p.m.  Some snow could fall as rates of 1 inch per hour or more.  While not a big storm by any measure, it will impact travel through the evening.

David Epstein's snow accumulation predictions as of 6 a.m. Tuesday

David Epstein’s snow accumulation predictions as of 6 a.m. Tuesday

Even though the heaviest snow will have ended by dusk, roads will be a mess especially north and west of Boston. If you commute to the south of the city, roads will actually improve the further south and east you travel. I expect Route 3 and 93 South to improve from any snow that did fall, especially south of Hingham.

The most difficult travel this evening will likely be Route 93 and 95 heading north as well as parts of Route 128, especially west and north of Route 24. All of you will experience a lot of splash back from the car in front of you so be sure to have a full reservoir of windshield wash.

The snow will change to rain south of Plymouth quite soon after beginning and that rain/snow line will move into the general Boston area before ending. There will not be a hard freeze tomorrow, so if you don’t get the snow cleaned up you will have a chance later Wednesday.

Milder air will be with us for the rest of the week, with some light rain or snow tomorrow morning and again Friday. Between, we have a spring-like day for Thursday with sunshine and temperatures in the 40s.

  • Today: Snow developing later this morning and becoming heavy for a time this afternoon. Snow ends between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The snow will change to rain before it ends first over Cape Cod and finally in Boston.
  • Tonight: Clearing and not as cold, with lows in the lower and middle 20s.
  • Wednesday: A quick period of snow or rain in the morning and again early in the evening. Some breaks of sunshine in the afternoon. Highs between 37-43.
  • Thursday: Sunny, with highs in the mid-40s.
  • Friday: Showers likely ending by the middle of the afternoon. Mild highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

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