Parts of Massachusetts under winter weather alerts for approaching snow

Meteorologists issued winter weather advisories for an approaching storm that could bring plowable snow to many parts of the state.

A winter weather advisory was issued for much of southern New England, for areas mainly south of the Massachusetts Turnpike, including Boston, Worcester, Cape Cod and the Islands from 7 p.m. Wednesday through 7 a.m. Thursday.

A weak weather system will approach southern New England on Wednesday night, bringing a period of light snow that may impact Thursday’s morning commute in some areas.

“The air (will be) very cold, so whatever falls Wednesday night will fall in the form of snow, probably starting just after the evening commute,” StormTeam 5 chief meteorologist Harvey Leonard said.

It will not take much precipitation to produce modest snow accumulations, because the air will be so cold. Colder temperatures can bring about a so-called fluff factor that can help snow accumulate quickly.

Accumulation amounts will vary across southern New England with the highest totals over far western Massachusetts, Connecticut and perhaps part of Rhode Island. Smaller accumulations are expected around the Boston area and places along and north of the Mass Pike.

“What snow does fall should be very light, dry and fluffy and very easy to move around,” Leonard said.

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