Snow to hit Eastern Mass. Monday night, will affect Tuesday morning commute

A combination of snow, wind, and cold temperatures is poised to complicate the Tuesday morning commute in Eastern Massachusetts thanks to a snow storm churning just offshore, the National Weather Service said. The coldest overnight temperatures in two years are predicted to follow the storm.

The Boston metro area and Rhode Island will see 2 to 4 inches of snow between 4 p.m. Monday afternoon and noon Tuesday. It will be accompanied by winds between 10 and 20 miles per hour and temperatures in the low 20s, making driving potentially hazardous in the morning.

The weather service declared a winter storm warning for the far northeast part of the state as well as Plymouth County and the Cape and islands, warning of 4 to 8 inches of snow combined with winds between 15 to 25 miles per hour and temperatures also in the low 20s.

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The storm is currently tracking southeast over the ocean and “is set to explode,” sending bands of heavy snow across the water and into primarily coastal regions tonight and into Tuesday, helped by the “homogenous cold” across the state, said meteorologist Charlie Foley.

“There’s potential for the heavy snow bands to stay offshore, or the potential to come further west,” Foley said, hence the range of forecasted accumulation.

By noon Tuesday, flurries will linger as temperatures begin to bottom out.

Daytime temperatures will stay in the 20s through Thursday, with frigid overnight lows.

“Wednesday and Thursday morning temps will be in the single numbers, and we haven’t seen those numbers in the last two years,” Foley said.

The week will close with another potential snowstorm, with accumulation expected mainly inland.

“Still pretty much uncertain as far as [snowfall] amounts, but it could still be a powerful storm,” Foley said.