Metro

Up to 10 inches of snow expected

Perhaps winter isn’t over, after all.

Up to 10 inches of snow could fall in some areas of Eastern and Central Massachusetts from a storm that will arrive Wednesday night and persist into Friday morning, National Weather Service forecasters said this afternoon.

The forecasters issued winter storm watches from Worcester County to the coast, saying six to 10 inches of snow could fall. Smaller amounts are predicted right along the coast, as well as on Cape Cod and the islands, according to a weather service snowfall forecast map.

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The forecasters said the heavy, wet snow could be whipped, in some areas, by strong winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, gusting up to 50, making driving difficult and potentially bringing down tree limbs and power wires.

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The watch is in effect from late Wednesday night through Friday morning. The forecasters said the storm would be a long one, with snow becoming heavier early Thursday morning and into the day Thursday. It’s expected to gradually taper off by Friday.

The forecaster said that “confidence grows that this storm will have a moderate to high impact on Southern New England.”

But they also said there was some uncertainty about the storm and it could be a bust.

Lauren Dezenski can be reached at lauren.dezenski@globe.com