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As major snowstorm continues, Greater Boston could see a foot and a half of snow or more

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A massive nor’easter is expected to drop more than a foot of snow in Greater Boston, with some areas seeing 2 feet or more.

Snow continued to fall heavily across eastern Massachusetts in particular Saturday morning, as the major storm bringing blizzard conditions and high winds wrapped up off the mid-Atlantic coast.

The storm's strong winds, heavy snowfall and cold will move toward Nova Scotia later Saturday. In general, the snowstorm will bring 1 to 2 feet of snow to eastern areas of the region, with the highest snow totals falling along the coastline.

There's a chance eastern Massachusetts residents could see snowfall amounting to over 2 feet, provided there is any prolonged snow bands crossing some places.

The strong snowstorm was forming off the coast of New Jersey Saturday morning. (COD Weather)
The strong snowstorm was forming off the coast of New Jersey Saturday morning. (COD Weather)

Most residents are likely now wondering when the snow will stop. Below is a composite of projected snowfall rates.

You can see that the heavier snowfall begins to lighten up significantly later Saturday evening, before it is expected to completely end before midnight.

This composite shows how the snowstorm will likely progress throughout Saturday. (WeatherBELL Data)
This composite shows how the snowstorm will likely progress throughout Saturday. (WeatherBELL Data)

As we previously reported, this storm earlier had record-breaking potential for Boston. In 2015, the city saw its largest snowfall totals — 24.6 inches — for the month of January. And, the city's largest-ever snowstorm dropped 27.6 inches of snow in 2003. As of Saturday morning, it's looking less likely that either record will be broken.

Drier air is present to the northwest of the storm, and this may create a sharp divide between who does and does not see a great deal of snow accumulation.

In these types of major storms, sometimes a very short distance can bring a difference of 5 to 10 inches of snow.

Just remember there are lower numbers on all of these predicted ranges, and ultimately, many areas may see totals closer to those smaller projections than the upper limits.

A range of snow totals is expected with the least amount of snow falling in areas farther west. (Dave Epstein for WBUR)
A range of snow totals is expected with the least amount of snow falling in areas farther west. (Dave Epstein for WBUR)

The cold air will be with us throughout Saturday, as temperatures fall back into the teens this afternoon with wind chill values near zero.

Coastal storms often bring coastal flooding. However, in this case, any flooding should be minor.

The forecast tides for Scituate Saturday shows that flooding is only expected to be on the light side, for example. This is due to the fact that winds are more northerly, and the storm is moving relatively quickly.

(NOAA)
(NOAA)

Winds will be strongest as the coastline, and it's likely peak gusts will occur late Saturday morning and last until mid-afternoon.

Winds will be quite strong along the coastline Saturday. (NOAA)
Winds will be quite strong along the coastline Saturday. (NOAA)

State public safety officials have advised residents to stay off the roads during the storm. That said, if you do need to venture out into the storm be aware that, particularly in parts of eastern Massachusetts, visibility will be so low that it would be wise to keep a blanket, shovel and bit of food in your vehicle in the unfortunate event you run into any trouble.

Sunshine returns Sunday, with temperatures remaining in the 20s.

Cold air continues for Sunday along with a lot of sunshine and blue skies. (NOAA)
Cold air continues for Sunday along with a lot of sunshine and blue skies. (NOAA)

There will be some melting by the middle of the upcoming week as readings finally get back above average after a very cold stretch this January.

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