Here’s what local meteorologists are saying about the potential snow forecast later this week

"Who's ready for some #snow?"

–Jim Davis/Globe staff, file

Some areas of Massachusetts could see their first snow of the season at the end of the week, just before Halloween, according to local meteorologists.

But that depends largely on timing, the National Weather Service said.

“It’s all going to depend on how quickly the cold air comes in,” Matthew Belk, a meteorologist with the service, said. “It looks like it would be a possibility for a light snowfall Thursday night into Friday.”

However, being several days away, the forecast could greatly change. For areas west of I-495 and the Worcester Hills, with temperatures projected to be around freezing in those areas early Friday, there’s a greater possibility of snow, according to Belk.


For the greater Boston area, it’s possible there could be “a snowflake in the air” Thursday night into Friday, but Belk said snow accumulation isn’t expected.

The precipitation is projected to come from when “remnants” of Tropical Storm Zeta pass through Friday into Friday night, according to the service in a hazardous weather outlook set for Massachusetts east of Berkshire County, Rhode Island and Northern Connecticut. Zeta is forecast to bring wind that could affect Cape Cod and the islands.

The outlook notes that particularly for higher elevations, rain could change to snow before it stops Friday or Friday night.

Here’s what other local meteorologists said about the potential snow:

David Epstein: ‘Cold high pressure could mean our first flakes of the season Friday from #Zeta’s moisture.’

Michael Page: ‘Highest odds are north & west of Boston.’

Mike Wankum, WCVB: ‘As the moisture from “Zeta” arrives in New England we could see some steady rain on Thursday. After that it gets interesting.’

Eric Fisher, WBZ and CBS News: ‘If you had Hurricane Zeta striking the Gulf Coast and leading to a chance of pre-Halloween snow in New England on your 2020 bingo card, it’s time for an upgrade to powerball tickets’

Matt Noyes, NBC10 Boston and NECN: ‘Any late week storminess, be it raindrops, snowflakes or both, should be gone by Halloween…but cold air in the wake of the storm will remain’

Chris Lambert, 7 News: ‘If enough precipitation lingers Friday as the colder air moves in from the north, then mixing with/transition to wet snow is possible, especially across the interior/higher terrain.’

Shiri Spear, Boston 25: ‘These weather concerns will peak Thu-Fri with the potential for the 1st snowfall in some towns Fri morning’

Zack Green, WBZ: ‘PSA: we’re going to be okay. Still…we need to talk.’

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