Get your shovels ready.
Meteorologists are predicting a storm will bring accumulating snowfall to Massachusetts Saturday night, dropping a few inches around Boston with higher totals on the interior part of the state.
The National Weather Service said snow is forecast to start overspreading the region, from west to east, between 3 and 6 p.m. The service has issued Winter Storm Watches for parts of the state, including the Connecticut River Valley and eastern slopes of the Berkshires, where heavy snowfall could make travel difficult Saturday evening.
“While there is some level of uncertainty on the exact start time to snow, the bulk of the accumulating snowfall is expected to occur Saturday evening, spreading from SW to NE with time … The potential for heavy snowfall to fall at rates of an inch per hour will be possible in this time window in the [areas under a Winter Storm Watch],” the service said. “This will be especially the case where temperatures are expected to stay cold enough as all-snow for the duration, mainly into northern/central MA into the Berkshires.”
The service is predicting the 1-95 corridor, including Boston and Providence, could see 3 to 4 inches, with a range of 1 to 3 possible across the Cape and the South Shore.
“It is worth noting that given temperatures and the likely moderate to heavy snow intensity, snow should have little difficulty sticking/accumulating on roads,” forecasters warned.
Precipitation is forecast to largely taper off before daybreak on Sunday, which meteorologists are predicting will be a largely “dry” day with a few brief snow showers, with high temperatures in the mid- to upper 30s.
Dry morning Saturday. Snow arrives 4-6 p.m. time frame. Take it easy if headed out Saturday evening as roads become slippery. pic.twitter.com/voRdvXcZzC
— Dave Epstein (@growingwisdom) January 17, 2020
Our next winter storm is on the way this weekend. This won't be a major storm, but it will bring slick travel Sat evening through early Sunday AM. The highest snowfall totals will stay north & west of Boston. @kevinboston25 has the latest on @boston25 pic.twitter.com/UpDeNWIjPU
— Vicki Graf (@VickiGrafWX) January 17, 2020
It's been a while….about 5 weeks since we've seen widespread plowable snow of this amount… arrives 4-6pm Saturday. Steady thump 6-11pm. Wraps up between 12-2am Sunday. Light & fluffy snow inland. #7news pic.twitter.com/83hGFLq5Xc
— Jeremy Reiner (@jreineron7) January 17, 2020
Snow on Saturday! We will see about 3-6" across Boston, 6-9" north and 1-3" south. Saturday AM will be dry, but snow begins 3pm west, around 6pm east. Steadiest snow after 6pm. @NBC10Boston @NECN pic.twitter.com/Iur76mJ116
— Pamela Gardner NBC10 Boston (@Pamelanbcboston) January 17, 2020
— Mike Wankum (@MetMikeWCVB) January 18, 2020
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) January 17, 2020