The Blizzard of '78 was 35 years ago. The Blizzard of '13 may be two days away.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for Framingham and the MetroWest region from Friday night through Saturday morning.
According to the watch, "The worst of the storm will be Friday night into Saturday morning," with snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour possible. "Travel may become nearly impossible with blowing and drifting snow."
Snow is expected to begin falling about 9 to 10 a.m. Friday.
Several news outlets can agree that a minimum accumulation of 18 inches is headed this way, but the maximum accumulation numbers vary.
Here's the deal:
- WCVB is predicting 25.3 inches of snow in Boston by 11 a.m. Saturday.
- WHDH is calling for 15-20 inches of snow throughout the area that includes Wayland. Thunder and lightning is also possible, which could increase the maximum total to 30 inches, Pete Bouchard said during his 4 p.m. forecast.
- The NWS is predicting 18-24 inches for the entire area.
WHDH meteorologist Jeremy Reiner says up to 20 inches is possible.
Here's what we know about this Friday-Saturday storm:
- A drawn out storm — beginning as light snow by 8 a.m. Friday then becoming steadier & heavier by Friday afternoon and into Friday night. Snow won't taper off until 9-11am Saturday!
- A plowable snow is likely Friday-Saturday.
- Poor travel is expected (ground and air) is expected across southern New England Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning.
- Minor-moderate coastal flooding is likely Friday PM / Saturday AM.
The National Weather Service predicts snow may fall at 2 to 3 inches per hour.
A winter storm watch is issued when there is the potential of 6 or more inches of snow in a 12-hour period, or 8 or more inches in a 24-hour period.
Residents with travel plans in the next 24 to 26 hours should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to modify them if this storm develops.