Most of Mass. to dodge punch of winter storm; only a dusting expected in Boston

A National Weather Service snowfall forecast map issued this morning.
A National Weather Service snowfall forecast map issued this morning.

For the first time in a while, it looks like most of Massachusetts will dodge the punch of a winter storm passing too far south to deliver a serious blow to the Bay State, the National Weather Service said.

The system, crossing the mid-Atlantic, will mostly affect Cape Cod, the islands, and the South Shore, with 1 to 2 inches expected in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the islands, and 3 inches of snow expected in isolated pockets. Boston will likely receive only a dusting.

Beach erosion is also possible along the Cape and islands’ damaged coastline, thanks to winds gusting in excess of 50 miles per hour through tonight.

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“This [erosion risk] wouldn’t happen normally, but the beaches are vulnerable already because of the earlier season damage,” said meteorologist Bill Simpson.

Today’s weather will be a two-step process, Simpson said.

First, light rain, beginning in the early afternoon in Southeast Massachusetts, will move north as the day progresses, Simpson said. A chance of flakes, but no accumulation, is possible north of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

After the sun goes down, another low will move into the region, dropping temperatures and bringing at least a dusting of snow.

On Tuesday, winds along the coast will still be active at 35 miles per hour, he said. The rest of the state will see temperatures climbing into the mid-40s, nearing this week’s normal temperature in Boston of 48 degrees, Simpson said.

Temperatures will slowly increase as the week progresses, with 49 degrees expected Wednesday. Showers are possible Thursday, though Friday is already worth anticipating, with mostly sunny skies and a high of 48 degrees.