The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Wednesday.
NWS predicts the area will see between 8 and 10 inches of snow, which will start falling overnight and last into Wednesday night.
Channel 7’s Chris Lambert said the heaviest snow will stretch from the Wednesday morning commute into lunchtime. Snow may fall at more than an inch an hour during that time period. The snow will taper off on Wednesday afternoon and then finish off Wednesday night.
Snow removal will be difficult.
“No fluff factor with this one either as snow to liquid ratios run close to 10:1. It's good for snowballs and snowmen, not so good for shoveling,” Lambert said.
In Mansfield, the police department has issued a parking ban from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
While this area will get 8 to 10 inches, towns north and west of Route 495 may hit the jackpot with more than a foot of snow. There’s a chance the immediate coastline may see lower numbers if there is mixing with sleet and ice.
National Grid is preparing its crews for the impending storm, as the predicted flooding and high winds along coastal areas may cause interruptions for natural gas and/or electric service. The forecasted heavier snow may also cause tree damage, upping the chances for power outages.
Customers can receive text message alerts and updates by texting the word STORM to NGRID (64743) or follow the storm on their mobile devices by using the National Grid mobile app. The company provides real time outage information on its Outage Central web site at nationalgridus.com/OutageCentral.