Sunday’s snowstorm could leave Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod with 2 to 4 inches, but the rest of the state will likely escape with just a slight dusting, according to the National Weather Service.
“Nantucket has a chance of seeing 6 inches,” Frank Nocera, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said late this afternoon.
The Boston area and central Massachusetts will likely see a dusting, unless the storm track moves far enough north, in which it case it could leave up to 2 inches of accumulation, Nocera said.
If the storm does move, however, it is more likely that it will shift south and even less snow would fall on Massachusetts.
“[It’s] kind of like decorative snow, if you want to decorate the landscape again,” Nocera said.
Snow is expected to dust the North Shore, leaving only up to an inch behind.
“The storm track is always the key ingredient here. Thirty miles north or south makes a big difference as far as accumulation,” said Bill Simpson, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
Boston and Central Massachusetts are expected to see about an inch and the North Shore only about an inch. If the storm stays in its current track, the Cape and Islands, South Shore, South Coast, and Rhode Island will see the most snow, Simpson said.
Boston was locked into frigid temperatures again today reached a high of 36 and a low of 28 is expected tonight.
But communities further north are even colder.
“Just west of Manchester, N.H., it was 10 below this morning, just to give you an idea,” Simpson said.
The rest of the week will be cold again with highs in the 20s, but skies will be mostly sunny. Clouds may come in at night and temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits.
“We’ll be stuck in the 20s during the day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, so that’s pretty anomalously cold,” Nocera said.
Next weekend could be a bit warmer. By Friday, highs could be just a few degrees colder than the seasonal average in the low 40s, Nocera said.