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Snow Saturday: What Can We Expect?

By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer
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BOSTON (CBS) – So what’s the story with the next potential storm on Saturday?

There are still a wide variety of model solutions with this storm, the track being somewhat uncertain at this point.

However, there will be a storm emerging from the Gulf of Mexico Friday and it will ride up the coast and have an effect on New England Saturday – that much is certain.

Watch Melissa Mack’s forecast

Because it is coming out of the Gulf of Mexico it will be loaded with moisture.

However, most of that moisture will likely stay just offshore to our south. We will have to tap the back side of the storm for most of our precipitation.

TIMELINE

It will likely start as snow in most areas between late morning Saturday and mid afternoon.

The snow will change to rain in southeastern Massachusetts and along the coast, likely including Boston during the afternoon and early evening, then a change back to snow as the storm pulls away Saturday night.

It should be all over around midnight.

AMOUNTS

This will be another one of those “heaviest north and west of Boston” storms with southeastern Mass. seeing very little accumulation, perhaps 1-to-3 inches from some snow at the beginning and end.

There will be a good slug of rain though, between .5 and .75 inches, adding to the weight on roof tops.

Closer to Boston we should see about 3 inches of snow, perhaps a bit more if the snow-to-rain change happens a bit later.

North and west of the city the amounts will be highest, likely 3-to-6 inches with perhaps a jackpot of up to 8 inches in parts of Worcester County and southern New Hampshire.

This will be a heavy, wet snow with the rain-snow line being so close and temperatures not that cold.

There’s still time and room for changes in the track, but generally expect a fast moving rain-snow mix event for Saturday and no wind or coastal issues.

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