BOSTON — Massachusetts residents are preparing for more snow, strong wind and coastal flooding as another nor’easter moves into our region Wednesday morning. This story will be updated with the most recent information at the top.
As the two systems making up this nor'easter came together Wednesday, the stalled just off the Maryland coast and spun in place for several hours.
Chief Meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz said there will be snow by the time the morning commute arrives, but how much will depend on hot the storm moves.
Boston Public Schools will be closed Thursday as a result of the expected snowfall.
"Although we're facing some uncertainty in the forecast, Boston is taking the precautionary measure to cancel school tomorrow to ensure the safety of our students," said Mayor Martin Walsh. "While the City is prepared to keep our streets, residents, and students safe, I ask residents to once again help us by checking on their neighbors, clearing the sidewalks and pedestrian ramps around their property, and staying off the roads when possible."
Snow has been falling across southeastern Massachusetts for several hours, and it's starting a slow march toward Boston and parts north.
The center of the storm is still located off the coast of Maryland though, and this storm is a slow mover that will last through Thursday's morning commute.
If you're heading to Logan Airport to try and get out of Boston before the storm, you may want to contact your airline before you hit the road.
American Airlines said out of 6,320 flights scheduled Wednesday, 1,260 have been canceled across the northeast, which is 20 percent of its global operation.
American posted a Travel Waiver for northeast travel Tuesday and assists customers if their flight is on-time, and want/wanted to depart after or before the storm.
The South Shore is bracing yet again for another nor'easter that could bring strong winds and large waves, sending water onto local streets.
High tide in Plymouth Harbor is at 3 p.m., which is just as the storm is expected to begin ramping up across the area.
"You know, I hate March" Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch said. "I think it's the worst time of the year."
The weather this month has been unforgiving. Nor'easter after nor'easter has pounded the coastline from the North Shore to the South Shore, Cape Cod and the Islands and left a path of destruction in their wake.
"We can deal with the snow," Koch said. "It's when water gets into your home, you can't shovel it. And once it gets into your home in the living quarters, it really wreaks havoc."
MassDOT is one again asking drivers to plan ahead for Wednesday’s storm.
Road conditions will deteriorate as the day progresses, and MassDOT says 4,200 pieces of equipment
are ready to help clear roads, including plows and front-end loaders.
Snowfall combined with strong winds may create dangerous driving conditions Wednesday night.
The city of Boston said it is also ready to start clearing snow and has 800 pieces of equipment ready to treat the roads.
There are still only mainly cloudy conditions across the area except for southern New England where flakes started to fly overnight.
The storm system that will later become our fourth nor’easter in a matter of weeks is just starting to take shape off the mid-Atlantic and will continue to track to the north and east, which will take it southeast of Nantucket.
Through the morning precipitation will overspread southern New England and will become more steady and heavy during the afternoon and into the evening.
A mix of rain and snow can be expected along southeastern Massachusetts, but can change over to snow as the snow winds down early Thursday morning.
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