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Boston area prepares for potentially significant snowstorm

The National Weather Service is predicting a snowstorm for Tuesday evening into Wednesday. (Image via NWS) The National Weather Service is predicting a snowstorm for Tuesday evening into Wednesday. (Image via NWS)

A significant and potentially dangerous snowstorm could hit the Boston area Tuesday night through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service reports that a snowstorm will sideswipe southeastern New England starting late Tuesday, dropping between 2 and 4 inches of snow in the Boston area, and possibly 4 to 6 inches on the South Shore. Winds are expects to gust as high as 50 to 55 mph.

There is "increasing confidence of the most significant impacts in the form of heavy snow along strong damaging northerly winds, with the most damaging wind temperatures centered over the Cape and Nantucket," the NWS reported Monday.

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A coastal flood watch has also been issued for Cape Cod and Nantucket, along with gale and storm watches for other coastal areas. As of Monday morning, the NWS started to see some possible ocean effect snow bands developing across Cape Cod into Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound.

An Arctic blast of freezing cold blew into Massachusetts on Monday, sending temperatures down into the low 20s.

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