Update 2/8/17 6:07am
The National Weather Service has upgraded the alert to a WINTER STORM WARNING.  

The season’s first big storm looks poised to strike our area late Wednesday through Thursday, with the potential for 8-12″ of snow.

The National Weather Service this morning issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday night. The system looks to be an all-snow event, unlike most of our 2016-17 storms which have been a wintry mix, or snowfall followed by rain and warming temperatures. There is always the possibility of a change in track or intensity, but at this point a widespread 8-9″ in Southern Worcester County seems likely.

The storm looks like it will impact both commutes, with peak intensity during the early part of Thursday morning. Snowfall rates are likely to reach 1″ or more per hour, reducing visibility and making driving treacherous. So, yes: unless something changes, expect Thursday to be a school snow day.

AMD will update delays and cancellations as we receive them Wednesday and Thursday.

The weekend forecast continues to be unsettled, with periods of snow Friday night into Saturday, and more precipitation expected into Sunday evening.