Here’s David Epstein’s forecast for Wednesday’s snowstorm

SNOW SLIDER22 Boston, Massachusetts - 1/4/2018  -   A woman jumps over a snow drift along Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, January 4, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
A woman jumps over a snow drift along Boylston Street in Boston, Jan. 4, 2018. –Keith Bedford / The Boston Globe

The snow won’t arrive until most of you are fast asleep.

This type of storm fouls up the commute. The bulk of the snow will fall Wednesday between about 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., with a little accumulation before that and a little after. The flakes will be over before the evening commute, but the ride home Wednesday could still be slow because of residual snow and slush-filled roads.

Temperatures will be milder than other recent storms, so this snow will be heavier and wetter. This is especially true south of Boston. As you go north and west of Interstate 495, the snow will have a lighter texture, so it’ll be fairly easy to shovel.


The rain-snow line will creep up from Cape Cod to Plymouth. It wouldn’t surprise me if a few raindrops mixed in with the snow at Logan Airport and coastal Boston suburbs.


The fast-moving system means limited snowfall, between 1 and 4 inches, in the Boston area. However, if enough warm air arrives quickly enough, places along the coast south of the city could see very little snow.

The timing means school cancellations are likely. I’d plan on the kids being home; make whatever arrangements you need to make Tuesday. Schools north and west of Boston are most likely to cancel.

These storms tend not to cancel the bigger airline flights, but some smaller, regional flights will be delayed or canceled.

As far as temperature goes, the air behind this storm is not very cold, and it will be quite mild by the weekend. Temperatures will increase from around freezing Thursday to the mid-30s on Friday. Expect a blend of clouds and sunshine for Sunday’s Patriots game, with temperatures between 45 and 50 for kickoff.

Follow David Epstein on Twitter @growingwisdom.


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