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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Round 2 of this winter storm is slated to bring more snowfall and make a mess of the morning commute.
Greater Boston is expected to see 4-8 additional inches of snow before the end of the storm, according to the National Weather Service, while other areas could see 2-4 inches.
"The snow could become heavy at times overnight and continue into tomorrow morning." National Weather Service Lead Forecaster Frank Nocera told WBZ NewsRadio Monday evening. "The morning commute could be pretty tough, and people should be building in some extra commute time. There could even be some delays, school delays tomorrow, even cancellations."
Several schools, including Boston Public Schools, have announced they will be closed on Tuesday.
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NWS said the heaviest snow would likely fall between 4-10 a.m. Tuesday, marring the morning commute. In some areas, they warned the snow could fall at a rate of as much as 1-2 inches per hour.
"The heaviest snow with this storm is probably going to be from Boston and points north up into the Merrimack Valley and even the North Shore," Nocera said. "Gloucester, Newburyport could even have higher totals than Boston."
Snow totals were subject to change based upon the tracking of the storm, with a westward-tracking storm bringing higher totals. The timing of the switch from rain to snow was also uncertain.
MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said the state would have around 2,800-3,000 pieces of snow equipment out to handle the storm.
"This is really bad timing," Gulliver said. "This last storm that we're just getting over now had a lull last night which really helped out, let us get in there and clean up the roads, get them down to black pavement pretty much everywhere with a little bit of slush. We're not gonna be so lucky with this next round here. It's looking like the peak of it is going to be right in the middle of the morning commute, which is going to be very, very difficult for everybody."
Wind gusts of up to 30-45 mph were also expected along the coast, diminishing Tuesday afternoon.
WBZ NewsRadio's Nichole Davis (@NicholeDWBZ) reports