Forecasters offer outlook on possible snow storm on Friday


REGION – Experts say the region may receive upwards of four inches of snow from a winter storm beginning Thursday night and continuing through Friday.

The forecast remained somewhat unclear as of Wednesday, though.

“Accumulating snow is likely…” the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Weather Prediction Center wrote in a social media post early Wednesday morning.

“…However, there remains uncertainty in the track and potential amounts, particularly for the Northeast and New England,” it continued.

“A lot remains unclear,” the NWS’ Boston office wrote in a separate post on Tuesday afternoon.

That post shared an initial estimate of snowfall totals.

A National Weather Service graphic detailed potential snowfall totals for an anticipated storm on Friday. (Graphic/Via National Weather Service)

The NWS then shared an updated estimate on Wednesday afternoon.

Though some elements of the forecast had shifted, Hudson, Marlborough, Southborough, Westborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury and Grafton remained solidly within an area slated to receive between four and six inches of snow.

The NWS warned of “hazardous travel” primarily during the Friday morning commute “due to snow and reduced visibility.”

That latest update also ushered in a winter storm watch for all of Rhode Island as well as a band of Massachusetts communities stretching from the South Shore, to the Cape Cod Canal, to points just north of Boston.

That swath does not include area towns.

The NWS later clarified that it based this warning on areas most likely to see snowfall rates greater than one inch per hour during the Friday morning commute.

The NWS spesifically noted in recent forecast bulletins that snow is expected to roll through Worcester beginning at 4 a.m. on Friday morning and lingering into the afternoon, clearing around 3 p.m.


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