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Dave Epstein

The latest on the snow expected in Thursday’s nor’easter

Pembroke11/15/18 The first snowfall of the year covers a pumpkin on a railing in a Pembroke front yard. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
The first snowfall of the year covered a pumpkin on a railing in a Pembroke front yard on Thursday evening.

Our first snowy nor’easter of the season is still on track. Snow has started falling across New York City and is continuing to steadily move off toward the Northeast.

Folks should be able to get home Thursday evening without any snow, but if you’re headed out after 7 or 8 p.m., be prepared for some heavy bursts of the white stuff.

While this isn’t a blockbuster nor’easter, it is a nor’easter and it will produce snow, rain, and wind. The heaviest snow will occur from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m., and once it mixes with and changes to sleet and freezing rain, the accumulation will stop.

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There is a winter storm warning in effect for inland areas and a winter weather advisory elsewhere. The winter storm warning is because of the accumulation of 4 inches or more of snow in such a short period of time.

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Winds are going to be particularly gusty over Cape Cod and the Islands, where there is a wind advisory posted. There’s still a lot of leaves on some of those trees, so there can always be scattered power outages in these situations. I don’t expect any issues with coastal flooding — the storm is moving too quickly, it isn’t powerful enough, and there also isn’t an astronomical high tide.

Winds will be gusty along the coast, especially southern areas.
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Winds will be gusty along the coast, especially southern areas.

This storm shouldn’t affect Logan Airport in a major way, although there might be some minor delays during that burst of heavy snow this evening. In terms of cancellations Friday, because the snow will be over with many hours before dawn, hopefully most of the road crews will be able to get things cleaned up in time for work and school with minimal delays. The highest risk for school delays and cancellations will be north of the Mass Pike and west of Route 495.

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