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Keep an eye to the sky: Storms are rolling in to the Boston area

A person used an umbrella to protect themself from light snow and rain at the Public Garden in Boston recently.
A person used an umbrella to protect themself from light snow and rain at the Public Garden in Boston recently.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

A line of strong storms is approaching the Boston area from the west, the National Weather Service warned.

Wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour and pea-sized hail are possible, the forecasters said. Minor wind damage is possible.

As of 11:28 p.m., 212 customers, mostly in Central and Western Massachusetts, were without power, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Earlier, the weather service had warned of potentially damaging storms passing through Western and Central Massachusetts.

“Get indoors when these storms approach. Winds may be strong enough to produce minor damage, such as a few downed branches,” forecasters said.

The storms were expected to weaken as they reached Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts, forecasters said.

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While thunder, rain, hail, and wind were expected in Massachusetts and other areas of Southern New England, snow was expected to the north.

Mount Washington in New Hampshire could see as much as 10 inches of new snowfall and whiteout conditions, according to Ryan Knapp, a meteorologist at the Mount Washington Observatory.

“By the time the snow tapers, some areas could see as much as 10 inches of new snowfall,” Knapp wrote on the observatory’s website. “However, the high winds will be whipping this up making for whiteout conditions at times and for deep drifts in areas. Additionally, the high winds and cold air will make it feel significantly colder on exposed skin. In fact, the cold air and expected conditions overnight and Thursday will be more in line with mid-December than that of mid-April; so hikers during this timeframe should dress, pack, and prepare as they would for a winter hike.”

A winter weather advisory has also been issued for parts of Northern Maine, which may see up to 8 inches in Madawaska and Fort Kent and as much as 18 inches of snow in Estcourt Station.

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Correspondent Andrew Stanton contributed to this story.


Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney. Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finucane@globe.com.