Though it’s officially spring, winter weather in Boston isn’t over yet, and neither is the snow.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch in Massachusetts for Friday and Saturday.
Forecasters are being cautious with their predictions, noting that it’s still early and conditions may change, but it looks as though Boston will get 2 to 3 inches of snow.
Snow could start Friday morning, forecasters say, but the winter weather will really hit with snow and sleet in the afternoon. Friday night will see more light snow, along with sleet and rain, which will extend into Saturday.
The storm watch is issued mainly for north of the Massachusetts Turn Pike and away from the coast. Forecasters say “wintry precipitation” is still possible south of the Pike, but they aren’t as confident.
Conditions will improve on Sunday, with sunny skies in Boston, and temperatures reaching 49 degrees.
Winter Storm Watch Issued Friday am into Sat am north of the MA Turnpike and away from the immediate coast. Briefing package attached. pic.twitter.com/nZohRrWnDz
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) March 29, 2017
It seems likely that the wintry mix will switch over to rain Friday night, but forecasters warn some sleet and freezing rain is still possible, which makes for dangerous conditions.
Forecasts expect the storm to barely hit or completely miss the Cape and Islands, though minor coastal flooding is possible on Saturday at high tide.
Western Massachusetts and the North Shore are expected to get the brunt of this storm. One National Weather Service map predictsfrom Newburyportdown to Worcester could get 4 to 6 inches and potential power outages due to the wet snow.
If temperatures are warmer than expected, it will limit snowfalls across the state to sleet and freezing rain. If they’re colder, there’s the potential for “moderate to heavy wet snow” hitting south of the Pike.
On Thursday, Massachusetts will have seasonable temperatures around 50 degrees across the board. As the National Weather Service points out, enjoy it now before “it goes downhill Friday.”
Enjoy the sunshine and seasonable temps today as it goes downhill Friday. pic.twitter.com/VYe23QX12T
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) March 30, 2017