Storm Projected to Dump Up to Eight Inches of Snow on Boston

Friday morning's commute will be ugly for many.

National Weather Service

National Weather Service

Update, Thursday, February 4, 7 p.m.:

In anticipation of the looming storm, Mayor Marty Walsh has announced that Boston Public Schools will be closed Friday. Superintendent Tommy Chang: “I encourage families to have their children attend a BYCF Center if childcare is needed.”

A statement from the Mayor’s Office also outlined the city’s plans for tackling the snowfall, including “500 trucks pre-treating roads in Boston by 6 a.m. and two city-owned truck-mounted snow blowers to prepare for this storm, with 40,000 tons of salt available.” The statement also reminds residents that space savers are a no-no…as if any of you will listen.


All that unseasonal warm weather we’ve been enjoying as of late is about to end.

A storm that is currently forecast to dump upwards of eight inches of snow on the Greater Boston area has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter storm watch through Friday night.

From the NWS office in Taunton:

Timing…Rain develops tonight and changes to snow Friday morning. Heavy snow is possible during the Friday morning commute with snowfall rates up to once inch an per hour.

Impacts…the Friday morning commute will be most affected to hazardous driving conditions. Wet snow accumulating on trees and power lines could result in isolated power outages.

The precipitation will start in some form around 11 p.m. tonight and continue through 4 p.m. on Friday. It will change to snow in our area no later than 4 a.m., according to WBZ’s projections. The South Shore, Cape Cod, and the Islands will see the heaviest snowfall totals. The worst of the storm will likely be between 7-9 a.m.

The big winners in all of this are: Wachusett Mountain, plow drivers, and kids that shovel driveways for extra cash.

The big losers: non-skiers and morning commuters.

Oh, and don’t look now, but another significant storm looms early next week. It’s still too early to say what will happen with it, but it could be a big one.