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Winter storm could drop 6 inches of snow tomorrow

National Weather Service

Snowfall predictions by the end of the storm on Thursday.

A storm could dump up to 6 inches of snow with a light coating of ice on Eastern Massachusetts tomorrow, arriving just in time to cause problems with the evening commute, the National Weather Service said.

The forecasters said this afternoon that the snow will begin between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. tomorrow, will be heavy for a time, then lighten up at night, mixing with, or changing to, sleet and freezing rain. A mix of precipitation may continue into Thursday.

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The forecasters warned of poor visibility and slippery travel during tomorrow’s commute home and, possibly, the commute to work Thursday morning.

Four to 6 inches of snow are expected in much of Eastern Massachusetts and in South Central Massachusetts.

The forecasters said more snow will fall on Western and North Central Massachusetts, predicting 6 to 10 inches there.

Southeastern Massachusetts will be hit less hard, getting only 2 to 4 inches and a light coating of ice. The snow there should change to sleet and freezing rain Wednesday night, then change to all rain, forecasters said.

A weather service snowfall total forecast map showed snow amounts growing from the southeastern corner of the state, where the outer Cape is expected to get as little as one inch, to the northwest corner, where 8 to 10 inches are expected.

Dry weather is expected to return on Friday as temperatures rise to the high 30s or low 40s. Temperatures are expected to reach into the 50s by Saturday with rain expected.

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