By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer

BOSTON (CBS) –  The snow has begun.  Reports are coming in of flurries and light snow scattered around southern New England. This one is going to take a while to really get going though.

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In fact, we won’t see a solid shield of accumulating snow until just before the afternoon commute.

map3 Snow To Make A Mess Of Evening Commute

Here is the latest timing and inch-by-inch breakdown:

Noon – 3 p.m:

Mainly light snow and flurries, no significant accumulation, although there may be scattered dustings here and there.  In the Worcester Hills and Berkshires there may be up to an inch at this time. No big travel troubles through 3 p.m.

3 p.m. – 6 p.m:

The steady, accumulating snow begins just in time for the evening commute. Due to the very cold temperatures, snow should have no trouble sticking to the roads almost immediately. This will make for a very slow and dangerous evening drive for almost all of southern New England. The one exception may be over Cape Cod and the Islands where the snow will mix with and change to rain during this timeframe. Total accumulation by 6 p.m. should be 1-to-3 inches.

6 p.m. – 9 p.m:

The steady snow accumulation continues for the majority of the area. There may be some enhancement in parts of northern Massachusetts and coastal New Hampshire and Maine where some localized heavier bands may set up.

Across southeastern Massachusetts the mixing will continue over the Cape and Islands and perhaps work its way up the coast of the South Shore.

The total accumulation by 9 p.m: 1-to-2 inches in extreme southeastern Massachusetts, the Cape and Islands and 3-to-5 inches in Boston and the nearby suburbs.  The best chance of totals greater than 5 inches would be Essex County, southeast New Hampshire and coastal Maine with 5-to-8 inches in this region.

After 9 p.m:

The precipitation will gradually taper off, with very little if any additional accumulation.  Time to clean up!

And our winter thaw is still in the forecast for later this week and this weekend.

Temperatures will rise well into the 40’s and perhaps touch 50 at some point this weekend!

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