If you love shoveling, you’re in luck. Heralded by strong winds today, another winter storm will drop up to 14 inches of snow on Saturday in Eastern Massachusetts, whipping up blizzard conditions in coastal areas.
After a clear morning Saturday, snow should arrive after 2 p.m. and continue through the evening.
A winter storm warning has been issued for Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk counties from Saturday afternoon to evening. Forecasters cautioned that driving will be hazardous as heavy snow piling 6 to 10 inches mixes with blustery winds. Gusts up to 45 miles per hour could cause blowing and drifting snow, dropping visibility to a quarter-mile or less at times.
Forecasters this afternoon also issued blizzard watches for Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, Nantucket, and Plymouth counties. The blizzard watches, in effect from Saturday afternoon through late Saturday night, warned of up to 14 inches of snow and winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour.
“Generally, the closer you are to the coast, the more snow accumulation you’re going to see,” said weather service meteorologist Charlie Foley. The amounts of snow will diminish heading to the west — “kind of the opposite of yesterday’s storm,” he said.
The new storm comes as winter-weary residents are still digging out from Thursday’s storm and its trailing edge. The storm generally hit hardest in Central and Western Massachusetts, Ludlow led the state with 16 inches of snow, followed by Ashfield and Spencer with 15. In Boston, 3.2 inches was recorded at Logan International Airport, with 5.5 inches as near as the city’s Brighton section.
Saturday will start out cool and dry, with temperatures near 36 degrees. The onset of snow in the afternoon should be accompanied by patchy fog that will become steadily more dense through the afternoon.
Snow should fall continuously through the afternoon, dropping up to 10 inches in Boston before midnight as temperatures sink to a chilly 21 degrees.
“If I had to say which it would be, I’d say this snow will be more wet than fluffy,” Foley said.
Sunday will provide a brief respite from the snow, with sunny, clear conditions for most of the day and highs in the upper 20s. Temperatures should drop to 11 degrees overnight.
Next week could begin with either rain or snow, but either way, it will be wet.
“Late Monday into Tuesday could be all rain, but we haven’t gotten into details yet,” Foley said. “I would say it will be wet weather rather than white, at least for the Boston area.”
Conditions should clear up through midweek, with temperatures climbing towards a more spring-like 40 degrees.Catalina Gaitan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.