A winter weather advisory is in effect for Boston and eastern Massachusetts until midnight tonight, and for central and western parts of the state and all of Rhode Island until 7 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Snow totals could reach between 1 and 3 inches, with an additional 2 to 4 inches possible in eastern parts of the state. Forecasters are warning travel could be difficult and hazardous conditions could impact the Friday morning commute. The storm is considered a low-intensity, long-duration weather event, and snow is expected to fall on and off into Friday night and early Saturday morning in some areas.
[430 AM Fri Update] Here's a look at *additional* snowfall possible this morning through tonight. Light to moderate snow continues off and on through the day, so we've included an estimated ending time of the steadier snow across the region. (*reposted to correct timing graphic*) pic.twitter.com/M0JVxoC35g— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) February 19, 2021
Massachusetts and Rhode Island saw less than an inch of snow accumulate overnight into Friday morning, and are expected to continue to see less than an inch of accumulation into Friday afternoon. By 4 p.m. on Friday, Newburyport, Fitchburg, and communities southwest of the Berkshires could see an inch of snow accumulation. The rest of the state will continue to see less than an inch.
By 10 p.m. Friday, Boston and coastal communities south of it could see one inch of snow accumulation. The rest of the state is expected to see less than an inch.
Snow is expected to stop falling between 9 p.m. Friday and 12 a.m. early Saturday for Boston and communities in central and eastern Massachusetts, as well as in Rhode Island. In western Mass., forecasters say snow will likely stop between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday. In southeastern Massachusetts, snowfall is expected to stop between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. early Saturday morning.
Communities east of the Berkshires as well as on Cape Cod might see flurries fall into Saturday afternoon, but less than an inch of snow is expected to accumulate.
The south coast and the Cape and Islands saw the most snowfall with totals between 2 and 5 inches on Thursday.