Prepare for possible power outages and messy travel. There is a winter storm signal for most of the Mass.

Elsewhere in Massachusetts, including eastern Essex, western Norfolk and Suffolk County, a winter storm warning is in place from 1pm to 7am on Sunday morning. Snow between 4 and 8 inches is likely, according to the NWS.

According to the NWS, there will be a storm warning in Central Middlesex and West Essex counties from 7am to 7am on Sunday. A total snow accumulation of 6 to 12 inches is expected in these counties.

In East Franklin, East Hampshire and the Eastern Counties of Hampden, a winter storm warning is in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday. This part of the state can expect 5 to 10 inches of snow, according to the NWS.

Worcester and northwestern Middlesex counties are expected to receive the most snow, with the NW portion falling between 8 and 14 inches. Winter storm warning is in effect in the region between 7am and 7pm on Sunday.

Winter weather tips have also been issued for parts of Massachusetts. In West Franklin, West Hampshire and West Hampden counties, counseling is in place from 7am to 7pm on Saturday. This area can expect between 2 and 4 inches of snow, according to the NWS.

Advice was also issued for eastern and southeastern Massachusetts from 1 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, including the cities of Taunton and Plymouth. Strong gusts of 60 miles per hour each are expected in this area, with snow between 2 and 5 inches expected.

A look at when snow is expected to start in the region.
A look at when snow is expected to start in the region.NW Boston

Heavy rainfall is likely to occur in much of the region, according to forecasters. Temperatures typically range from the top 30s to the mid-40s.

Snow forecasts are projected to be most significant “in counties through Worcester County into the Merrimack River Valley”. More than 6 inches of snow is likely to accumulate in these areas.

Snowfall is forecast to exceed 2 inches / hour throughout the afternoon and evening. This can cause power outages and difficult travel conditions.

“It’s not out of the question that it could even be thunder,” the forecasters said.

Strong winds of more than 50 miles per hour are expected on the east coast of Massachusetts from Saturday afternoon to late evening, forecasters said.

Forecasters said that if the mass of air had been closer to the “seasonally cold,” this storm would have been “a very successful snowfall with 1-2 meters of snow”. Instead, the storm starts with rain that sometimes gets heavier in the morning.

An overview of weather lessons and tips issued throughout the region.
An overview of weather lessons and tips issued throughout the region.NW Boston

In downtown Massachusetts, rain should turn to heavy, wet snow in the middle and late hours of the morning, forecasters said. This change will first occur at the highest terrain in the region and then affect the rest of the area.

As this transition occurs, forecasters expect snowfall of 1 to 2 inches per month. About 8 to 14 inches of strong, wet snow is expected in the central part of the state, which will warn forecasters of “significant power outages and very difficult travel”.

In eastern Massachusetts, the rain-to-snow transition is expected to begin in the middle and late afternoon. In northeastern Massachusetts – and probably the Boston area – “we can see moderate to heavy snowfall until early evening,” forecasters said.

Heavy rain “could result in flooding of urban and poorly drained streets,” forecasters said.

A look at the expected gusts of wind in the region.
A look at the expected gusts of wind in the region.NW Boston

Forecasters could see 2 to 5 inches of snow in southeastern Massachusetts. Due to the eastward shift of the storm, only advisory “limit temperature snowfall” is likely to be expected in western Massachusetts.

A huge wind warning was also issued for the coastal county of Essex as well as the coastal county of Plymouth, Cape Cod and the islands from 1pm to midnight this afternoon. Wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour are forecast until Saturday night.

Power outages and some torn wood are possible due to wind.

Forecasters advise people to avoid staying outdoors “in wooded areas and around trees and branches”.

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