Parts of Massachusetts could see up to several inches of snow by Friday as a nor'easter bears down on the…
Parts of Massachusetts could see up to several inches of snow by Friday as a nor’easter bears down on the region starting Thursday night – as early as the evening commute, according to the National Weather Service.
On Wednesday afternoon , the weather service issued a winter storm watch for the central and western parts of the state – from Framingham to Northampton ̵
1; with forecasts including “heavily mixed winter precipitation” and up to 5 inches of snow from Thursday evening through Friday morning.  A winter weather advisory was also assigned for much of the eastern and southern part of Massachusetts for 7 pm Thursday to 1 am Friday, with 1 to 3 inches of snow, plus ice and sleet, in the forecast.
“Low pressure will impact the region late Thursday to Friday with a mix of rain, snow, sleet and ice,” forecasters wrote earlier Wednesday. “There is the potential for snow and ice accumulation away from the immediate coast.”
The weather service also said that the snow could stick immediately to roads.
“Plan on slippery road conditions.
The snow and sleet is expected to start around sunset on Thursday in most cases, but it could be mostly rain along the south coast and islands, forecasters said earlier. .
So just how much snow is your area supposed to get?
The weather service generated a map Wednesday afternoon indicating that Boston could see between 2 and 3 inches, while western and northern parts of the state could see up to 6 inches. The southern coast probably will not see any accumulation.
But if you were really looking forward to a nice November nor’easter shellacking for some reason, take note: There is a chance – though it’s pretty small – that Central and Western Massachusetts could see about a half-foot of snow, and that Fitchburg could see up to 7 inches.
Of course, there’s also a chance – again, a slight one – that most of the region will see, well, no snow at all.
There’s a pretty high chance that the region will see at least a dusting of snow.
In Boston, there’s a 56 percent chance the city will see an inch or more.
And those who aren ‘t is klaar voor de banaliteiten of shoveling driveways en clearing off cars, take heart: de kans om 4 inch of meer is vrij laag in de meeste plaatsen, en de kans om te zien is 6 inch of meer, bijna in de oostelijke deel of the state.
Meanwhile, our neighbors to the north in New Hampshire and Maine could also see up to 8 inches of snow in some areas.
The weather service also posted a poll Wednesday afternoon asking how people felt about the impending snow.
On Friday, it’s supposed to rain in Boston, and highs should reach the mid-40s.
Emily Sweeney of the Globe staff contributed to this report.