Updated January 7, 5:55am

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning covering most of Eastern and Central Massachusetts. Blizzard warnings have been posted along coastal areas in southeast Massachusetts.  A ‘Winter Storm Warning’ means an average snowfall of 6 inches or more is expected within a 12 hour period, or for 8 inches or more in a 24 hour period.  The watch is in effect from 9am Saturday morning through 11pm Saturday night.

As this system approaches, most models call for it to come much closer to the coast than our last brush with winter a week ago that was mostly a ‘bust’. The heaviest snow this time around should fall on Southeastern Mass and the Cape, with totals tapering as you head further west.

In Central Mass., 5-6″ seems likely, with locally higher totals. The northern Worcester Hills may see 3-5″ or so, as they will be just on the outer edges of the system.

According to the NWS forecast, snow will begin Saturday morning in the form of flurries, developing into a heavier snowfall by afternoon.  The heaviest snowfall looks to be in the late afternoon and early evening time frame.

Driving conditions will likely deteriorate quickly in the late afternoon, and driving will be hazardous into the evening with snow tapering off over night.