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List of school closings for Thursday

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Snow began to accumulate Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Market Basket shopping plaza near downtown Fitchburg.

By Maddie Kilgannon, Elise Takahama and Felicia Gans Globe Correspondents and Globe Staff 

As a powerful nor’easter slams into Massachusetts Wednesday, school systems have begun to announce closures for Thursday.

The latest National Weather Service forecasts predict up to 8 inches of snow in Boston, which had hoped to escape with only a glancing blow. Meanwhile, central and western parts of the state are expected to receive as much as 18 inches of the cold white stuff.

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Here’s a list of some Boston-area schools that have announced closures on Thursday, updated as of about 9 a.m. Thursday.

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Abington Public Schools

Acton-Boxborough Regional School District

Andover Public Schools

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Arlington Public Schools

Ashland Public Schools

Bedford Public Schools

Belmont Public Schools

Beverly Public Schools

Billerica Public Schools

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Boston Public Schools

Braintree Public Schools

Brockton Public Schools

Brookline Public Schools

Burlington Public Schools

Carlisle Public School

Chelsea Public Schools

Chelmsford Public Schools

Danvers Public Schools

Dedham Public Schools

Dover Sherborn Public Schools

East Bridgewater High School

Easton Public Schools

Everett Public Schools

Framingham Public Schools

Georgetown Public Schools

Holbrook School District

Holliston Public Schools

Ipswich Public Schools

Lawrence Public Schools

Lexington Public Schools

Lincoln Public Schools

Lowell Public Schools

Lynnfield Public Schools

Malden Public Schools

Manchester Essex Regional School District

Marblehead Public Schools

Masconomet Regional School District

Maynard Public Schools

Medfield Public Schools

Medford Public Schools

Melrose Public Schools

Milton Public Schools

Natick Public Schools

Needham Public Schools

Newton Public Schools

Norfolk Public Schools

North Andover Public Schools

North Reading Public Schools

Peabody Public Schools

Quincy Public Schools

Randolph Public Schools

Reading Public Schools

Revere Public Schools

Salem Public Schools

Saugus Public Schools

Sharon Public Schools

Somerville Public Schools

Stoughton Public Schools

Sudbury Public Schools

Swampscott Public Schools

Tewksbury Public Schools

Triton Regional School District

Tri-Town School Union

Walpole Public Schools

Waltham Public Schools

Watertown Public Schools

Wayland Public Schools

Wellesley Public Schools

Weston Public Schools

Westwood Public Schools

Weymouth Public Schools

Wilmington Public Schools

Winchester Public Schools

Winthrop Public Schools

Woburn Public Schools

Worcester Public Schools