Winter Storm: Snow forecast for central and western Massachusetts, mostly rain around Boston and Cape Town

Don’t put those winter boots away just yet.

As a winter storm moves through southern New England on Saturday, much of central and western Massachusetts is expected to see snow, while Greater Boston, the Cape and Islands and elsewhere in the Eastern Massachusetts should see mostly rain, according to the National Weather Service.

In Western Massachusetts, 6 to 8 inches of snow are forecast to fall in the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley, mostly 2 to 3 inches are forecast, although greater amounts may fall along the region’s border with Berkshire County and much of Franklin County. , the forecasters said.

Central Massachusetts, northwest Middlesex County and northern Essex County are expected to see 1 to 2 inches of snow. In northern Worcester County, 2 to 3 inches can fall, meteorologists say.

A winter storm warning was issued for Berkshire County, and a less severe winter storm warning was issued for the Pioneer Valley, Worcester County and part of northwestern Middlesex County.

The rest of the state is expected to see less than an inch of snow, with much warmer surface temperatures favoring rain over snow, the weather service said.

In terms of the timing, showers are expected to fall in southern New England early Saturday before heavier rains move to Cape Cod by mid-morning and temperatures drop in the late morning and early afternoon. noon, according to forecasters. Snow is expected to begin falling over much of central and western Massachusetts between noon and 3 p.m., moving west to east.

“As this happens we will see a shift from rain to sleet and eventually snow. Although this is a rapidly changing system, there will be a window for substantial snowfall accumulations for western areas after the change,” the weather service said.

The storm is expected to eject quickly over the Canadian Maritimes in the late afternoon and early evening. Snow is expected to stop falling at lower elevations around 7 p.m. as the storm continues northeast. Meteorologists say snow showers could linger a bit longer over high ground in the Worcester Hills and Berkshires.

Strong winds and colder air will follow Saturday afternoon and into the night, with wind gusts expected to reach 55 miles per hour on Cape Town, 45 mph in Boston, 40 mph in Worcester, 35 mph in Springfield and 45 in the Berkshires, forecasters mentioned.

Cold and windy weather is expected on Sunday. Winds are expected to remain gusty throughout the afternoon, with gusts of more than 20 mph expected, according to the weather service.

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