Blizzard watch issued for Boston and parts of coastal Massachusetts

The blizzard watch is in effect from late Monday night through late Tuesday night. —National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Taunton issued a blizzard watch for Boston and parts of coastal Massachusetts as well as a winter storm watch for “everywhere else” from late Monday night through late Tuesday night.

In New England, the blizzard watch is also in effect for Quincy, Brockton, Plymouth, Fall River, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, and areas along the Rhode Island and Connecticut coasts.

Forecasters across the region have their eyes on the tracking of Tuesday’s storm. And while the projected snowfall is far from locked-in, forecasters expect totals to reach a foot (or potentially more) across Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, as well as parts of southern Maine and New Hampshire.

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The service already predicts heavy, rapidly accumulating snow, reduced visibility, and strong winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts over 50 miles per hour. Across most of Massachusetts, snowfall is expected to begin early Tuesday morning — around 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. — and taper off sometime in the evening.

“The heavy snow will make many roads impassable,” the service forecasted early Sunday. “In addition strong winds may lead to blowing and drifting snow, reduced visibility, and power outages.”