Snow Expected To Snarl PM Commute

By Jess Bidgood and Andrea Smardon

BOSTON — The third winter storm in as many weeks arrived in Boston Thursday afternoon as snowflakes began falling over the city.

Thus began the storm that's put much of East and South Massachusetts under a winter storm warning -- with Central Massachusetts and parts of Western Massachusetts looking at a winter storm watch. 

"It's just another one of the seemingly endless number of winter storms we've been having," quipped Alan Dunham of the National Weather Service. The heaviest snow is expected to begin Wednesday evening and last through the midnight hours.

"The snow will move in during the course of the day, it'll start messing up the latter half of the evening commute," said Dunham said, predicting that wet snow combined with high winds could cause slippery roads and low visibility.

"We sometimes refer to that as 'heart attack snow,' you have to be careful," Dunham said.

By the time of the storm's predicted end, around 10 a.m. Thursday, parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut could see 8 to 12 inches of snow.

The MBTA's General Manger Richard Davey says the transit authority will be working overtime to keep things running as smoothly as possible.

"Folks can expect the MBTA to be in place, our team to be in place to make sure that we’re giving every effort for tomorrow’s commute," Davey said.

But he admitted the likelihood of problems on bus lines. "Given that and given the weather, I’m sure there will be some delays." 

Davey said commuter rail and rapid transit shouldn’t have as many problems as they had on Monday and Tuesday – when extreme cold temperatures wreaked havoc on mechanical systems. Davey says the MBTA will be running trains overnight during off hours to resolve any issues before the morning commute.

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