Another Nor’easter Is Headed for Massachusetts

A winter storm watch has been issued for much of the state, which is still recovering from Winter Storm Riley.

Cambridge Common park near Harvard University campus in Cambridge, MA, USA covered in snow after a blizzard.

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You didn’t actually think winter was over, did you?

Sure, this season has rattled our bones with record-breaking cold, added the word “bombogenesis” to our vocabularies, and swept hurricane-speed wind gusts through our towns. But like Tom Brady in the fourth quarter, Mother Nature isn’t going down without a fight.

As Massachusetts confronts the damage wrought by Friday’s nasty nor’easter, forecasters predict another storm system will soon slam into the state. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for much of the Commonwealth from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning. The watch encompasses metro Boston and the western part of the state, but southeastern Massachusetts, which sustained significant damage from Winter Storm Riley, is predicted to be spared the full brunt of the forthcoming system.

Meteorologists predict up to 8 inches of snow could fall in Boston this week, and Worcester could see a foot. Forecasters anticipate the precipitation will be particularly heavy and wet, which increases the potential for downed tree branches and subsequent power outages. Hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents lost power over the weekend, and as of 11:02 a.m., electric companies were still working to turn the lights back on for more than 66,000 people in the Bay State.