Expect snow today—and potential near-record cold this weekend

–Pat Greenhouse / Boston Globe

Snow accumulations are piling up Friday afternoon on the south coast of Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

The Greater Boston area is expected to only see between two and three inches of the white stuff, with more snow being dumped south of the city and areas on the Cape getting between six and eight inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Glenn Field said the storm was passing over the Cape late Friday afternoon.

“For next hour or two it’s going to be pretty heavy on the outer Cape, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket,” Field said of the snowfall.

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For the rest of the day, snow showers separate from the morning’s storm will be working their way into the Greater Boston area and down off the coast to the outer Cape through the evening hours.

The snow showers could bring a coating to two inches to areas east of I-495 and Cape Cod.

While Boston may be missing out on the bulk of the snow, the whole region may experience near record-breaking low temperatures this weekend.

Weather service meteorologist Bill Simpson said that, similar to last weekend, Greater Boston will see a Saturday high of about 22 degrees, with lows at night in the single digits. On Sunday, temperatures will again only be in the mid-20s.  

The normal high for the middle of March is 43 degrees, Simpson said.

Still, a frigid month of March isn’t new for Boston. On March 6, 1872, the city recorded a low of -8 degrees and a high of 9 degrees.

After this weekend’s cold, the region may be looking at a nor’easter early next week.

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