Weekend storm could dump up to 2 feet of snow in some parts of Massachusetts

BOSTON (WHDH) - A nasty nor’easter is projected to dump up to two feet of snow in some parts of Massachusetts over the weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the majority of Massachusetts, excluding the Cape and the Islands, from Saturday afternoon to Sunday evening.

Berkshire County is under a winter storm warning from 4 p.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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The heaviest of the snow will fall across the region between 12 a.m. and 9 a.m., meteorologist Jeremy Reiner said.

Depending on where the snow-rain line sets up, the Greater Boston area could see about six inches of snow.

Parts of the Merrimack Valley, cities and towns in Worcester County, and points along the North Shore will likely be hit by up to a foot of snow.

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Up to 18 inches of snow is possible west of Worcester and out to the New York-Massachusetts line. Fitchburg up through southern New Hampshire could be buried by up to two feet of snow.

The South Shore will see no more than four inches of snow, while the Cape and Islands could get about two inches at most.

Snow totals will ultimately depend on the track of the storm. A slight shift to the south will lock in colder air, resulting in more significant snowfall.

If the system shifts north, warmer air from the south will get pulled in and any precipitation that starts as snow will turn to rain and sleet.

The storm will also bring strong winds and a chance for coastal flooding. The main threat will be around the morning high tide. Wind gusts could hit 45 mph.

A coastal flood watch has been issued for Barnstable, Eastern Essex, Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Plymouth, Nantucket and Suffolk counties for Sunday morning.

Travel conditions are expected to be treacherous throughout the day.

Motorists are being urged to stay off the roads, especially during the height of the storm.

A flash freeze is possible Sunday afternoon with temperatures expected to plummet as Arctic air pours into the region.

Several inches of ice could accumulate by Sunday evening.

Temperatures on Monday are not expected to climb out of the low teens.

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