This winter storm can be considered a ‘lion’ when comparing it to the nearly snow-free winter we’ve had so far.
Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories will take effect this afternoon.
Watch Melissa’s forecast:
It all begins around 2 p.m. and lingers through Thursday night.
There are 3 distinct waves of precipitation that will be covering the area during the duration of the storm.
The 1st burst of snow will be the focus this afternoon and evening.
A second burst will occur late tonight when there is more of a threat of snow, sleet, and rain from the Mass Pike to points south.
Then, the last burst will occur from midday Thursday through the evening commute.
This will mean snow for areas north of the Pike while the snow/sleet/rain mix will switchover to snow for areas south of the pike.
Here is the latest snowfall forecast for the entire storm:
*From north-central Massachusetts to southern New Hampshire : 6-9+ inches
*From central Massachusetts to Boston to the North Shore/Merrimack Valley: 3-6 inches
*South of the Mass. Pike to Plymouth and Bristol Counties: 1-3 inches (beginning and tail end of the storm)
*Cape/Islands: initial coating of 1 inch this afternoon/evening, an additional coating of 2 inches during the tail end of the storm (Thursday PM)
Quiet weather will return on Friday as we have clouds along with a few peeks of sunshine.
High temperatures will be near 40F.
The first weekend of March will be milder.
Saturday will be warm, wet, and windy with highs in the lower to middle 50s.
Sunday will be partly cloudy with highs returning to more seasonal territory, lower to middle 40s.
Happy Leap Day!