Forecasters have "medium to high confidence" that a storm bringing 6 or more inches of snow will hit at least part of southern New England overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, possibly snarling that morning's commute in the Boston area.
Although it is too early to say how much will fall where, "we're fairly confident we'll be issuing a winter storm headline like a winter storm watch," said William Babcock, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton.
The forecast shows the storm rolling into the Boston area late Tuesday night, after the evening commute, Babcock said. The service should have a clearer idea of the storm's scope and strength tomorrow.
"This information could very easily shift one way or the other," Babcock said. "But based on the info we're seeing, there is sufficient agreement that this looks like it has all the potential for a significant, but not a record, storm."
Northern New England should expect some snow accumulation too, Babcock said.
Strong winds are likely along the Massachusetts coast during the storm, and there could be some beach erosion, especially along outer Cape Cod, Babcock said.
In the Boston area, highs should be around freezing Tuesday night into Wednesday, while they should be in the upper 20s to the north and west, Babcock said.
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