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Up to 6 more inches of snow on the way

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After record-breaking snowfall that has caused Governor Charlie Baker to declare a state of emergency twice in recent weeks and call in the National Guard to assist cleanup, another snowstorm may bring up to 6 inches to the Bay State, the National Weather Service said.

The storm is expected to begin as light snow Thursday morning, said Alan Dunham, a weather service meteorologist. The snow will become steadier and heavier in the afternoon, leading to a slippery evening commute, he said.

Snowfall will continue through the early hours Friday, likely making roads hazardous Friday morning, Dunham said.


While it is still early to be certain, Dunham said much of the state will see 4 to 6 inches. Western Massachusetts is expected to receive 2 to 3 inches.

“Normally that’s not a big deal,” Dunham said, “but considering the amount of snow on the ground already, it can be a concern.”

Thursday’s expected snowfall comes amid a record period for the Boston area, in which about 6 feet has fallen over a 30-day period, beating the previous record of 58.5 inches, which was set in 1978.

The National Weather Service said 77.3 inches have fallen in Boston this winter season through noon Tuesday.

Dunham advised people to remove excess snow from their roofs to avoid a collapse. Several have already occurred in areas around the state, such as Rockland, Canton, and Auburn.

This won’t be the last of the snow, Dunham said. Another storm is expected Saturday night into Sunday, though it is too soon to predict accumulations, he said.

Below is a map of expected snow from the storm released by the National Weather Service at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

National Weather Service