Winter storm warning, watch issued for parts of region

BOSTON (WHDH) - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for parts of the region, while other areas are in a winter storm watch for now.

The NWS has issued a winter storm warning as of 4:45 Wednesday morning and continuing through Friday, Dec. 30, at 10 a.m.

Parts of Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Worcester, Essex, and Norfolk counties are affected by the Winter Storm Warning and Watch.

According to Meteorologist Wren Clair, many parts of SE Boston area, and SE Mass. may only see a coating to an inch of snow, but central and western parts of the state (north of the Mass. Pike, and west of 495) could see four to six inches of snow or more.

Forecasters say a foot or more of snow could fall in some interior areas of Massachusetts as a fast-moving nor’easter hits the state.

The state Emergency Management Agency said the storm expected to start late Thursday morning and last into Friday will hit north-central areas of the state hardest with a foot to 18 inches of snow possible in northern Worcester and Franklin counties.

About an inch of snow is expected in the Boston area. Southeast and coastal areas of the state are expected to receive mostly rain.

Coastal areas can expect wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph, with lower gusts inland.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of western and central Massachusetts and a winter storm watch that extends from Essex County to Hampden County.

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