2 storms, one that may bring 12 inches of snow, threaten Mass. this weekend

Meteorologists are closely watching two storm systems that have the potential to deliver several inches of snow to parts of Massachusetts during the the weekend.

The first coastal storm will impact the region late Friday night into Saturday with several inches of snow possible across eastern New England, but some mixing with rain/sleet is possible near the south coast.

A winter weather advisory is in effect Saturday from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. Current computer models indicate the heaviest snow will arrive in the area around daybreak Saturday, but the fast-moving system will quickly move off-shore Saturday afternoon.

“The snow is going to spread up from the south at about midnight,” StormTeam 5 meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon said. “The snow continues until about noontime on Saturday, and it will tapper off during the early afternoon.”

StormTeam 5 expects anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow to fall across Southeast Massachusetts. Forecasters said 1 to 3 inches of snow across much of the rest of Eastern Massachusetts, from Worcester to the east.

A second and more significant storm will likely impact the region late Sunday into early Monday, but whether most of the precipitation is rain or snow remains unclear.

Early estimates indicate as much as 6 to 12 inches of snow could fall in interior parts of Massachusetts.

Very cold weather will follow the two storms next week, with forecasted temperatures expected to be well below normal.

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