Call it the “four’easter”: Massachusetts was prepared to get slammed by yet another nor’easter — the fourth this month.
Instead, the storm weakened by the time it reached New England, with snow accumulations in the region expected to be only a coating to 2 inches.
The latest predictions fall within the weather service’s earlier low-end estimate, which predicted that Boston and the coast would see only 1 to 3 inches of snow, while some parts of the state would see no accumulation at all.
Forecasters noted earlier on Wednesday that there was a 90 percent chance for higher snowfall totals than the estimates on the lower-end prediction map.
However, a worst-case-scenario map posted Wednesday afternoon showed that there was a potential for accumulations in and around the city to reach close to a foot.
Meanwhile, a coastal flood advisory was issued for the shoreline communities south of Boston, including the Cape and Islands, from midnight through 6 a.m. Thursday.
The weather service said the flooding risks are expected to be minor with pockets of low-end moderate flooding during the Thursday morning high tide.
The agency also predicts that waves could reach 15-20 feet near the shore, especially along the North Shore.
The service also issued a wind advisory for much of the Massachusetts coast, and a high wind warning for the Cape and Islands.
The maximum sustained winds along the coasts are expected in the 21 to 32 miles per hour range, although they could reach up to 34 miles per hour in Provincetown, according to the weather service.
Meanwhile, the maximum wind gusts could reach 50 m.p.h. in some areas, especially the Cape and Islands, forecasters predicted.
The weather service also said there could be an “extreme” impact from storm/gale force winds, while snow would have a “significant” impact on the region.
The weather service predicts the precipitation will end late Thursday morning in Boston and early Thursday afternoon along the coast.