DEDHAM, Mass. — A winter storm watch has been issued for much of Massachusetts ahead of an Easter weekend that threatens to drop more than a half-foot of snow in many areas.
The alert is in effect for Central Middlesex, Eastern Essex, Eastern Franklin, Eastern Hampden, Eastern Hampshire, Northern Worcester, Northwest Middlesex, Southeast Middlesex, Southern Worcester, Western Essex, Western Franklin, Western Hampden, Western Hampshire, Western Norfolk, Northern Berkshire. and southern Berkshire counties from Saturday afternoon to Sunday night, according to the National Metereological Service.
Heavy snowfall with total accumulations of more than 6 inches is possible in those areas, as well as wind gusts up to 40 mph, according to the NWS.
Snowfall will reach the region Saturday night and continue through part of the day on Sunday.
“The heaviest snowfall will likely occur north and west of the I-95 corridor,” the NWS said in an advisory. “Traveling can be very difficult. “Snow loading caused by heavy, wet snow can cause power outages.”
Boston and southern coastal areas were excluded from the winter storm warning.
A projection map of snow totals shared Thursday by Boston 25 meteorologist Kevin Lewanowicz indicated that a large portion of the Bay State, including western Massachusetts, Worcester County and parts of Middlesex and Norfolk counties , have the “best chance” of getting more than six inches of snow.
Parts of the North Shore, Boston and the South Shore will “likely” see 3 inches or more of snow, while southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Islands, will see a mix of snow and rain.
“There will be some mixing. “There will be some rain if it stays on track which I expect at the moment.” Lewanowicz said in his Thursday night forecast.
Peak storm conditions will occur Sunday morning until noon. The system is expected to go out Sunday night.
“If you’re going out late on Saturday night, there’s going to be chaos out there. If you are there on Sunday morning and have things to do, it will be a slow process. If you go to the Patriots game at Gillette Stadium, it will be snowing or raining at that time when they start.”
A weather alert has been issued for Sunday with coastal wind and poor travel threats also accompanying the expected snow.
The storm is not expected to have an impact on Monday.
Stay with him Boston Weather Team 25 for updates as the weekend approaches.
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