Here’s why the forecast changed so fast

“For something to be so drastic within 12 to 24 hours of the storm, it’s something we haven’t seen in a while,” a meteorologist said.

The Registry of Motor Vehicles office at Haymarket in Boston, with two lines for customers.

Will Real ID make the RMV slow again?

The new driver’s licenses, known as Real ID, require drivers to show more documents to prove US citizenship or lawful presence in the country, as well as Massachusetts residency.

A pedestrian walked down Charles Street in Boston on Wednesday as the city prepared for its fourth storm this month.

Storm warnings reduced as system fights to move north

Boston is expected to get 3 to 4 inches, while the southeastern part of the state is expected to get hit the hardest, with Foxborough seeing between 4 and 6 inches of snow.

Dr. Cornelia Griggs, a chief resident in general surgery at Mass. General Hospital, has a 2-year-old daughter and is pregnant with her second child.

Long hours, short leaves force moms to reconsider jobs as surgeons

Thirty-nine percent who became mothers strongly considered leaving their training programs,9 according to the survey by a Brigham and Women’s researcher.

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Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, new study says

A group of 27 national science academies in the European Union, Norway, and Switzerland is calling for increased urgency in efforts to adapt to climate change.

Study on mice offers clues in quest to reverse effects of aging

A research team, led by Harvard Medical School and MIT professors, makes old mice seem young again — but it’s still too soon to expect any benefits for humans.

Lowell fire chief blames ‘lethal batch of opiates’ for 4 fatal overdoses

The drugs claimed the lives of four people in Lowell within a 12-hour span.

Dorchester woman wins $10m in state lottery instant game

A Dorchester woman won a $10 million grand prize in a Massachusetts State Lottery instant game Tuesday.

Quincy woman charged with assaulting baby who died in February

Shu Feng Hsu was arrested at her home on a charge of assault and battery on a child causing serious bodily injury.

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Feds nab eight in sprawling drug ring that spanned from Mexico to Springfield

The drug and money-laundering operation allegedly brought cocaine, heroin, and the deadly opioid fentanyl into New England.

70-year-old man arrested with assault rifle, 350 rounds in Dorchester

“There is no need for any citizen in the city of Boston to be carrying high powered weapons of this kind,” police Commissioner William Evans said.

Is this string of storms a harbinger of winters to come?

Winters will get warmer on average, but experts expect to see more frequent long-duration cold spells and heavy snowstorms.

One dead in Palmer apartment building fire

Firefighters responded to a fire on Springfield Street early Thursday.

Two more MS-13 members plead guilty in plot to kill 16-year-old in Lawrence

Oscar Recinos Garcia, 24, and Jose Andrade, 27, pleaded guilty to federal RICO-related charges in US District Court.

A man driving a stolen Herc Rentals truck crashed into a house on School Street this morning in Andover. No injuries were reported.

Police probe crashes involving stolen vehicles in Wilmington, Andover, and Tewksbury

Andover police believe the vehicle that hit a School Street home was involved in other breaking and entering cases and burglaries in neighboring towns.

Mattapan students missing since Tuesday have been found

Two students who had been missing since they left their Mattapan school Tuesday afternoon have been found safe.

Commuters can expect significant delays on the Red Line on Thursday morning.

South Station track fire causes Red Line delays for morning commuters

The delays improved slightly once the fire was out, but expect to wait a few extra minutes.

Pedestrians passed on the snow-cleared sidewalk in front of the street-level window on Thursday.

Dave Epstein

How did forecasters get this nor’easter wrong?

The forecasting industry gets it right a lot, but in the face of ever-changing conditions, sometimes even the professionals get it wrong.

A boy pulled a sled through the snow in Boston earlier this month.

List of Boston-area school closures for Thursday

As yet another nor’easter brought the promise of snow and wind to the region, some schools announced closures for Thursday.

These maps show how much snow Massachusetts could get

The storm weakened by the time it reached New England, with snow accumulations in the region expected to be only a coating to 2 inches. Here’s how bad it could have been.

Grocery deliveries were rolled into Happy Supermarket, on Blue Hill Avenue.

The Boston area may only see a coating of snow today

The fourth storm of the month continued to weaken overnight, with snowfall estimates across the state dropping and making way for a warmer Thursday.

Bullet fragment found near Chelmsford elementary school was from student’s keychain

A custodian found what appeared to be a .308 hunting rifle slug in the crack of a sidewalk near the school’s main entrance, Chelmsford police said.

Chatham police are investigating two separate carjackings that ended in crashes Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Man arrested for stealing and crashing two cars in Chatham

Joseph M. Bopp, 27, was charged with a host of offenses, police said.

Police don’t expect to find missing Rockport woman alive

Theresa A. Coen, 52, left her Penzance Road home without any of her belongings Sunday night, Rockport police said.

Orleans-03/14/18- Even though much of Orleans was without power, people enjoyed sliding down a hill in the field at Nauset Regional middle School. Thousands were still without power after another Nor'easter blanketed Cape Cod with heavy snow. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

List of early dismissals at Mass. schools amid Wednesday’s nor’easter

As the state gears up for yet another nor’easter, some schools in the region have announced early dismissals for Wednesday.

Police searching for missing Mattapan students

Keton Douglas Ramos, 12, and Crystal King, 13, were last seen leaving the Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School together at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

UMass student fractures skull during spring break in Mexico

Lauren Hayes, a UMass senior from Revere, “suffered a skull fracture during a boating mishap” in Cancun, where she was vacationing during spring break.

Frank Avruch in the lobby of the WCVB studios in Needham at the time of his retirement in 1995.

Frank Avruch, former ‘Bozo the Clown,’ dies at 89

“Our dad loved the children of all ages who remembered being on his show and was always grateful for their kind words,” Avruch’s family said in a statement to WCVB.

After scandals, State Police need to restore accountability, legal specialists say

The scandals speak to an organization suffering from a breakdown of professional culture and accountability, police and legal specialists say.

A snowy Fenway Park was seen during the third March storm.

Four’easter: Another storm begins to hit Massachusetts

Minute-by-minute updates on the latest nor’easter.

President Trump in Manchester, N.H.

Yvonne Abraham

Trump bends the national opioid tragedy to bigotry

The president took a rolling tragedy in this country, one that killed 64,000 people last year, and bent it to his hateful world view.

Councilor Josh Zakim is challenging Secretary of State William Galvin in September’s primary.

Zakim seeks weekend voting, expanded absentee options

The Boston city councilor pledged this week to increase voter turnout if elected as secretary of state, offering up a package of reforms he said would make it easier for people to vote.

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Two construction workers were rescued by Boston firefighters after they fell nearly two stories while working on a Harvard University building Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Firefighters rescue Allston construction workers who fell 2 stories

The men were working on a building that will be the future home of Harvard University’s Science and Engineering Complex.

Anthony Stimson

Unconscious man robbed and left to die on MBTA platform

A man allegedly spent a half-hour rummaging through an unconscious man’s belongings before leaving him to die alone at Downtown Crossing station Wednesday.

Boston, MA., 03/21/18, Footprints have formed in the salt on the pavement on the Boston Common as a fourth storm approaches Boston this month. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

David Epstein

The nor’easter is moving in now, but the impact of the storm is still up in the air

The midweek nor’easter won’t get underway in earnest until overnight Wednesday.

A candidate put the Conn. governor’s mansion on Airbnb, and he hasn’t been elected yet

Mark Stewart Greenstein hopes to rent out single rooms or even the full house as a way to help address the state’s deep fiscal mess.

Package thieves caught in the act in South Boston

Two men were arrested in South Boston after an off-duty police officer caught them with others’ packages Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The funeral procession for Daniel Coady wound its way through tow trucks lined up in tribute in North Andover on Wednesday.

Hundreds pay tribute to fallen tow truck driver

Tow truck drivers gathered in North Andover on Wednesday to pay their respects to Daniel Coady Jr. who was fatally struck by a vehicle on Interstate 495 last week.

Timothy Sullivan (left) and Kenneth Brissette

Trial canceled in Boston Calling case

The upcoming trial of two City Hall officials was canceled after federal prosecutors conceded their evidence was unlikely to meet the judge’s standard for conviction.

Bunker Hill Community College campus, in Charlestown.

Suspect flees after stabbing at Bunker Hill Community College

A man was stabbed in the hand in a campus bathroom Wednesday afternoon.

State Senator Karen Spilka.

Karen Spilka says she has votes to be next Mass. Senate president

In a statement, Karen Spilka said she is “deeply honored” by the support she has received.

New Hampshire lottery changes ‘Luck Yeah!’ campaign over profanity concern

At least one state official criticized the phrase last month after it started showing up online and in TV commercials.

East Boston diner owner to be arraigned on tax charges in April

An East Boston Municipal Court judge recused himself from the arraignment Wednesday “in light of a familial connection with the defendant.”

This suspect robbed the East Boston Savings Bank on Monday, claiming she needed the money for cancer treatment.

FBI searching for bank robber who claimed she needed money to treat cancer

The FBI said the woman entered the bank, stated she and her son had cancer, and demanded $5,300.

“While we do not share in the national crisis of mass incarceration, we do have a challenge of recidivism,” Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said in a release.

Approve $5m to help released inmates stay out of trouble, DAs tell lawmakers

The residential reentry programs designed to prevent inmates from reoffending when they’re released from custody.

Martha’s Vineyard ferry out of service again

The ferry had to be towed to the Steamship Authority because of “machinery problems” Wednesday morning.

Woman seriously injured in house fire on Cape Cod

The home at 44 Debbie Lane in South Dennis is uninhabitable, according to fire officials.

This storm is proving ‘very challenging’ to predict — even hours before it hits

Weather forecasters say the storm that will soon hit the state is still a tricky one to forecast, even hours before it arrives.