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

BOSTON (CBS) – For the third straight Monday, we are dealing with a significant snowfall across southern New England.

This is far from a classic storm.  The winds are barely a factor, the snow rates are generally light to moderate and there are essentially no coastal flooding concerns.

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Simply put, this is a straight-forward snow event. In the end, the biggest challenge will be where to put all this new snow with many of our streets and sidewalks already overflowing.

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Through Monday morning there has generally been about 6-to-12 inches of snow. A bit less along the South Coast, Cape Cod and the Islands.

(WBZ-TV graphic)

(WBZ-TV graphic)

The highest amounts have been in Worcester County and right near the coastline where a coastal front has enhanced the snowfall rates to as much as 2 inches per hour at times. In these areas as much as 12-to-16 inches of snow has fallen.

Timeline For Remainder Of Storm:

Some of the heaviest snowfall for the entire event will fall up to 1 p.m. on Monday.

A widespread 3-to-6 inches is expected in most of southern New England north of Cape Cod. This will push many towns near or over the foot mark and some jackpot areas near 20 inches.

(WBZ-TV graphic)

(WBZ-TV graphic)

Between 1 and 7 p.m. the snow will become more spotty and rates overall will decrease below an inch per hour.

The one exception may be inside 495 where some locally heavy, ocean-enhanced bands will continue. Generally about 1-to-3 inches in this 6 hour period, with the highest amounts near the coastline.

After 7 p.m., the snow continues to wind down.

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Most of the accumulation will be done west of 495 with just some pockets of light snow overnight. Inside 495, close to the coast, a few moderate bands will linger. Areas along the North and South Shore could still pick up several more inches in these bands. By 7 a.m. Tuesday the last few pockets of snow will come to end over the South Shore and Cape.

Final Snow Totals:

Generally 8-to-14 inches minimally in all of southern New England.

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14-to-20 inches in northern Worcester County (jackpot area #1)

18-to-24 inches in Boston and nearby Metro West, also along the immediate North and South Shores. (jackpot area #2)

4-to-8 inches in the South Coastal locations, tapering down to 2-to-4 inches on the outer Cape and the Islands.

What’s next?

It looks like some more snow accumulation Thursday evening into Friday, perhaps enough to plow in eastern Massachusetts.

More to come on this in the next 24-to-48 hours. Either way it is going to be very cold.

Boston will likely stay well below freezing for at least the next 7-to-10 days. Some record lows may be challenged during this stretch and more snow is likely beyond Friday.

There is currently no light at the end of the tunnel, only sheets of white obscuring our view of spring.

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