Dave Epstein

Here’s what to expect from today’s storm

Pedestrians passed over the Lagoon as snow falls at the Public Garden in Boston on Wednesday.
Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Pedestrians passed over the Lagoon as snow fell at the Public Garden in Boston on Wednesday.

Snow is falling across the region Wednesday morning. Some of the largest accumulations thus far have occurred over Southeastern Massachusetts, where the snow will change over to rain this morning.

Areas to the north and west of Boston will not see that changeover, and that’s where the largest snow totals will occur. In the city, the snow will be heavier and wetter, with temperatures rising above freezing. There’s a chance you’ll see a couple of raindrops before this whole thing ends, but I don’t think the rain-snow line will make it into the city of Boston.

Much of the snow on Cape Cod will fall early, with the changeover to rain washing much of it away and making what remains very heavy.


Because temperatures are relatively mild along the coast and the immediate interior, roads will tend to stay on the wetter side. Further inland, snow will be better able to stick to the roads. For those shoveling, plan on heavy wet stuff at the coast, progressing to lighter textured snow as you move west.

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Most of the school cancellations are in the interior of the state — schools in Boston will be open Wednesday. Since we’re only expecting 2 to 4 inches of snow, and much of it will fall while the kids are in school, this tends to make sense.

The snow is coming from a low-pressure system moving off the coast. It’s a very weak storm without a lot of moisture, and certainly wind is not an issue. We also don’t have any coastal concerns with this particular storm.

Precipitation continues to stream north Monday morning. (COD Weather)

There is a winter storm warning in effect over inland areas, but a winter weather advisory is posted along the coast.

The snow will wrap up this afternoon and into early evening. Most will have fallen by about 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., but there may be some lingering flurries for a couple of hours after that.


Temperatures over the next few days are going to be relatively mild, and it will get warmer into the weekend, melting some of this snow. Highs on Saturday and Sunday will reach into the 40s. If you’re headed to the Patriots game, look for a blend of clouds and sunshine with temperatures around 45 degrees for kickoff.

Beyond the weekend, there may be another storm system early next week in the form of rain or inland snow, but that is still so far away the details won’t become clear until this weekend.

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