Tonight's commute is set to be a slow slog with steady snow beginning at 2 p.m. and continuing until Saturday around 10 a.m., according to Channel 7 meteorologists.
"Travel isn't recommended Friday evening or Friday night," writes WHDH Meteorologist Jeremy Reiner on the Channel 7 Weather Blog.
Drawing comparisons to storms in 2005 and 2003 (22.5 inches and 27.5 inches in the Boston area), WHDH meteorologist Pete Bouchard blogged that this could be "the biggest snowstorm in almost a decade."
The morning hours will see snow flurries, but it really starts picking up around 2 p.m., he wrote. The snow is expected to be steady and produce at least a foot of snow throughout the entire region.
However, there will be pockets of Thundersnow which could cause snow totals to climb to two feet where they occur.
"Just about every town gets a foot of snow but there are going to be pockets of thundersnow which will throw totals all out of whack in some communities," writes Reiner in the blog.
Marlborough is under a blizzard warning, which is issued when sustained winds or frequent gusts of over 35 miles an hour mix with considerable amounts of snow. With the wind, power outages are expected.
Towns that are further inland should see wind speeds of 40 mph; while our neighbors near the coast could get hit with up to 80 mph gusts. Regardless of where you are in the state, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is asking you to stay off the roads after Friday afternoon.
Things should clear up after 10 a.m. on Saturday and be enjoyable with weather in the 30's after the storm, wrote Reiner.