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Boston weather: Travel delays, school closings as heavy snow blankets area

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Metro Boston, north shore and metro west: Heavy snow greeted commuters this morning as low pressure to our south continues to move toward the northeast. The low will pass just to the southeast of Nantucket today bringing an array of precipitation types to southeast Massachusetts and mainly a heavy snowstorm for the local area.

Numerous spinouts and accidents have already been reported this morning helping to snarl traffic that is already testing drivers patience. Road conditions quickly deteriorated early this morning as the snow intensity picked up quickly around dawn. It has made for dangerous travel and with the moderate to heavy snow rates expected into the early afternoon it is doubtful that roadways see any significant improvement through the day despite the best efforts of road crews.

As expected most schools have cancelled classes for today, which will represent up to 4 missed days due to snow for some school districts and we are only in early February.

Here are some snow accumulation totals as of 8 am: Attleboro near 4”, Norwood 3.8", Gloucester, Natick, Wakefield and Townsend all at 3.5", Saugus, Topsfield, Methuen and Norwell all at about 3” and 1.6” reported at Logan Airport. There has already been a mix and or change to rain along the lower areas of Cape Cod.

In Connecticut travel has become near impossible in some locations with upwards of 7” of snow already reported throughout a good portion of the state and that heavy snow is headed toward eastern Massachusetts.

We are still in line for a healthy snowfall in metro Boston and points north and west where 8 to 12 inches is likely, perhaps local 14 inch totals along the I-495 belt. Lesser amounts south of the city, especially along the south coast and southeast Massachusetts coast where a mix or change to sleet, freezing rain or rain takes place. The snow is not going to be the light fluffy variety we had in the earlier storms of December and January but rather heavier and denser making it more difficult to move.

The storm pulls away tonight and slowly winds down. However, there might be enough moisture on the backside of the storm to keep northeast Massachusetts in the snow showers or flurries through most of the night, perhaps into the early Thursday morning commute along the coast. This could add another inch or two of accumulation by morning.

Quickcast:

Wednesday: Winter Storm Warning continues for periods of heavy snow that is expected to accumulate 8 to 12 inches by late this afternoon. High temperatures in the low 30s. Northeast winds 8 to 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph along the coast this afternoon.

Wednesday night: Light snow transitions to snow showers and flurries. Colder, lows in the teens. North winds 10 to 20 mph, gusty along the coast at times.

Thursday: Partly sunny and cold. Highs in the mid to upper 20s. Light northwest winds.

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