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Winter's back, just in time for the morning drive

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Globe Staff / January 13, 2008

Enjoy the good times, weather-wise, while they last because an overnight snowstorm is on its way. And it should arrive in the Boston area just in time to slam the morning commute.

“It’s going to be snowing brutally tomorrow, and it’s going to affect people’s lives tremendously,” said Bill Simpson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton.

Simpson said the snow is expected to begin falling lightly about 8 or 9 p.m. and then begin pounding harder while most of us are sleeping. The storm should continue through early tomorrow afternoon, leaving 6 to 10 inches of snow in the Boston area.

That puts it in the heart of the morning rush hour.

“We wish the storm would start a little earlier and the road would open in time for the commute, but unfortunately it ain’t gonna happen,” Simpson said.

State roadway crews will monitor the weather and begin pretreating the roads with liquid calcium chloride as the storm draws closer, said Adam Hurtubise, spokesman for the Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works.

“We recommend that folks take public transportation whenever possible,” Hurtubise said. “That tends to reduce traffic a little bit and let the plow crews do their work on the storm.”

Some areas -- Cape Ann, Worcester and the Merrimak Valley -- could get as much as a 14 inches of snow. The South Shore may get 4 to 8 inches of snow with Cape Cod receiving just 1 to 3 inches.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has scheduled a meeting early this afternoon with key city officials to determine what response the city might have, including the potential for calling a snow emergency, said Dot Joyce, his spokeswoman.

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