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These maps show how much snow and sleet could fall on Friday

Expected snowfall on Friday.NWS

A winter storm barreled into the region early Friday, bringing what could amount to “significant snowfall,” according to the National Weather Service. Boston and areas north of the Mass. Pike could see as much as 8 to 12 inches of snow, while in the southern part of the state, accumulations will be lower, with 4 to 6 inches possible.

The winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight for much of the state, excluding southeastern Massachusetts and the Cape and Islands.

With snow already accumulating overnight., the weather service issued its latest forecast, warning of heavy snow and the potential for sleet, “near and south of the Massachusetts turnpike.” Travel during the morning commute, they said, would be “very difficult,” as drivers contend with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

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Expected snowfall on Friday.NWS

The projected snow totals, as seen in the map above, will vary widely, with areas north and west of the city looking at accumulations as high as a foot, while south of the city, the projected totals may be as low as 3 inches. Areas closer to the Cape and Rhode Island may see just an inch by the end of the storm.

The snowfall rate is expected to pick up right as the morning commute gets busy and forecasters warned drivers to exercise caution on the roads.

Expected snowfall on Friday.NOAA


Boston could see between 8 and 12 inches once the storm has concluded, along with Lawrence, Fitchburg, Worcester, and Pittsfield.

South of the Mass Pike, including southeastern and coastal communities like Plymouth and New Bedford, forecasters said they have “less confidence” about how much snow will fall in part because sleet and a flash freeze may come into play later in the day.

The western part of the state is also expected to contend with sleet and ice as the day goes on.

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Expected total ice accumulation on Friday.NWS