Winter isn’t over, Bostonians, and this upcoming storm may actually be one for the record books, forecasters say.
Eastern Massachusetts, including Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, Gloucester and other areas, will be in a winter storm warning on Tuesday, from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a blizzard watch extending from Tuesday afternoon through the evening, according to the National Weather Service.
The snow will start early, beginning between 5 and 7 a.m. on Tuesday and making its mark quickly. It won’t take long for the flurries to fall heavily; forecasters say to expect 2 to 4 inches of snow per hour almost immediately, affecting the morning commute and piling up inches into the early afternoon.
Eastern Massachusetts could see between 12 and 18 inches; Boston specifically should expect closer to 12, Mayor Marty Walsh said in a press conference.
A snow emergency will go into effect at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, which means parking is banned on the city's main thoroughfares. The snowfall could get as heavy as 5 inches per hour, Walsh said, with wind gusts up to 50 to 60 miles per hour, causing snow drifts up to three feet high.
The National Weather Service warns that this storm could upset the current records for the top 10 one-day snowfall totals for the month of March.
Boston’s snowiest March day was March 19, 1956, when the city saw 13.2 inches. Worcester has had it worse, with more than 15 inches falling on March 12, 1959.