Live updates on Wednesday’s snowstorm

Follow the latest reports on Wednesday's snowstorm in Massachusetts below.

Snow coats trees Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Richmond, Mass. Snow fell in a wide band that stretched from southeastern Texas all the way to western Massachusetts on Wednesday. (Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)
Snow coats the trees in Richmond, Massachusetts on Wednesday. –Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP

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National Weather Service: ‘Storm was weaker than forecast’ (3:30 p.m.)

While releasing the updated snow totals as of 3 p.m., the National Weather Service explained why parts of the state have fewer inches than initially forecast.

“Some locations received less snow than expected. Why? Storm was weaker than forecast, which resulted in the rain-snow line farther south, colder scenario. However weaker storm = less precip,” the service wrote in a tweet. 

 

Parts of Massachusetts have more than 6 inches of snow. (1:45 p.m.)

The National Weather Service released an updated map of snow accumulations across the state. As of 1 p.m., the service says parts of Western Massachusetts have more than 6 inches of snow, while the Greater Boston area has just under two.

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Boston.com took a stroll through a snowy Boston Common. (12:50 p.m.)

We had an up-close look at the snow that accumulated on Boston Common. We weren’t the only ones checking out the snowfall — a single ice skater at Frog Pond was just one of many out exploring the weather around noon today.

The initial snow totals map is out. (10:50 a.m.)

The National Weather Service in Massachusetts shared a map of snow accumulation as of 10 a.m. While Western Massachusetts already has more than 5 inches of snow, Boston has less than an inch so far.

Officials warn of wet and snow-covered roads. (9:46 a.m.)

Webcams in Rhode Island and Boston show highways are mostly wet due to the light snowfall and warm temperatures, according to the National Weather Service in Massachusetts.

“However secondary roads & especially untreated surfaces remain slippery,” the service said on Twitter.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said thousands of crews have been working throughout the morning to treat and clear state roads.

“Pavements wet to snow-covered,” transportation officials said on Twitter. “Use caution today.”

Flights cancelled in and out of Logan Airport. (9:15 a.m.)

A handful of flights in and out of Logan were cancelled due to the storm, which spans from Atlanta to Portland, Maine, according to a map posted by the National Weather Service in Massachusetts.

Follow updates on flights out of Logan on the MassPort website.

Meteorologist David Epstein issues new forecast for snowstorm. (8 a.m.)

Epstein updated his forecast for Wednesday’s storm, breaking down the path of the storm, timing, and accumulations across the region.

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“Some of the largest accumulations thus far have occurred over southeastern Massachusetts, where the snow will change to rain this morning,” Epstein wrote. “Areas to the north and west of Boston will not see that changeover, and that’s where the largest snow totals will occur.”

Schools around the region close due to snow. (6:45 a.m.)

Boston Public Schools are remaining open Wednesday, but other districts around the state, including Worcester Public Schools, are closed due to the weather.

The Boston Globe has a full list of closings.

MBTA says shuttle buses will replace service on Mattapan Trolley. (6:36 a.m.)

The MBTA said on its Winter Weather page that shuttle buses will replace service on the Mattapan Trolley line and that some buses may operate on snow routes due to the storm.

“Please plan an extra 15-20 minutes for your trip,” the transportation agency said on its website. “We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.”

Follow updates to MBTA service at https://www.mbta.com/winter.

National Weather Service increases snow forecast for Cape Cod. (5:45 a.m.)

The National Weather Service in Massachusetts upped its Cape snowfall predictions to 2 to 3 inches.

National Weather Service updates Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories (Tuesday 4 p.m.)

The National Weather Service in Massachusetts updated its Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories late Tuesday afternoon.

 

Here’s when the snow will start, stop where you live (Tuesday 3:28 p.m.)

The National Weather Service in Massachusetts posted two maps — one showing when the snow is expected to start and one showing when it’s expected to stop.

“Note for ending times near the coast, this reflects when snow changes to rain,” the service said in an accompanying tweet. “Farther inland, it’s when the snow ends. Again, main impact for [southern New England] is 5 AM to 10 AM Wed.”

 

National Weather Service releases updated ‘expected snowfall’ map (Tuesday 3:12 p.m.)

The National Weather Service in Massachusetts released an updated “expected snowfall” map.

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“Lowered totals I-95 (BOS/PVD) to South Coast due to change to rain,” the service said in an accompanying tweet. “Still looking at >6″ across much of interior SNE. Changes to Advisories & Warnings coming soon.”

 

Here’s a look at the timing of the storm (Tuesday 3:06 p.m.)

The National Weather Service in Massachusetts posted a gif on Twitter showing the timing of the storm.

“Main impact to [Wednesday a.m.] commute,” the service said. “Conditions improve [Wednesday p.m.]”

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