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Forecast: Heavy Snow Thursday, Blizzard Conditions Along The Coast01:56
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The audio attached to this post has been updated with Dave's forecast that aired on WBUR's All Things Considered. 

There's no change to the forecast this evening and now we just wait for the snow to start flying early Thursday morning. Living in New England, we quickly learn one day's weather does not predict the next. After an icy morning, Wednesday will be a treat. Temperatures this afternoon will reach into the lower 50s. And, if there is enough sunshine, I can see some areas headed for 60 degrees over southeastern Massachusetts.

Don't be lulled into a false sense of complacency, however, and move your snowblower to the back of the garage. You'll need it Thursday, as heavy snow and wind move into the area.

The first flakes will fly around 8 a.m., give or take an hour or so. If you leave very early Thursday you might beat the start of the snow into Boston. The heaviest snow and strongest winds will arrive during the middle of the day.

Blizzard conditions are likely along the coast south of Boston Thursday. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)
Blizzard conditions are likely along the coast south of Boston Thursday. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)

We can expect to see 8 to 14 inches fall across much of the state, with a few spots edging up into 14 inches plus. There can be a bit less on Cape Cod and the Islands. The heaviest bands are most likely southwest of Boston, but could occur almost anywhere in eastern Massachusetts.

Heavy snow will pile up to around a foot on Thursday. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)
Heavy snow will pile up to around a foot on Thursday. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)

Winds will be gusty along the coastline and there could be some scattered power outages there. Inland areas will not see nearly as much wind and the weight of the snow will be much less.

Winds will be strongest along the coastline Thursday midday to early afternoon. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)
Winds will be strongest along the coastline Thursday midday to early afternoon. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)

Temperatures will be around freezing over Cape Cod and the islands during the storm making for a heavier and pastier snow. This can contribute to power issues.

Cold air keeps the snow light and easy to move around in Boston. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)
Cold air keeps the snow light and easy to move around in Boston. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)

The snow ends Thursday evening between about 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. It will be blustery and cold the rest of the night. Friday is sunny, but brisk. Highs only reach the lower 20s.

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Tonight: Clouding up. Lows in the 20s.

Thursday: Heavy snow developing early and lasting most of the day. Any mix quickly changing to snow over Cape Cod. Temperatures falling to the 20s.  The worst of the storm will occur 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday Night: Snow ends early, then clearing and cold.  Lows 5-15.

Friday: Sunshine and clouds. Highs in the low to mid-20s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. A few snow showers possible. Highs 31-38.

Sunday: Lots of clouds, some rain or snow showers possible.  Highs 35-40.

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