Two winter storms threaten Mass. with snow this weekend

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

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 early Saturday afternoon.

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

Other parts of the area should only see a dusting to an inch of snow.

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. “This one has the most potential to it,” StormTeam 5 meteorologist Mike Wankum said.

“As it comes in, I think it will track a little too far inland,” Wankum said.

Early estimates indicate as much as a half-foot of snow could fall in interior parts of Massachusetts.

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

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