Live Updates: Historic Boston Snowstorm

GBH News tracks snowstorm forecasts to hit Massachusetts on Saturday. A blizzard warning is in effect for the eastern part of the state, including Boston, while a winter storm warning covers central Massachusetts. Both Boston and Worcester have declared snow emergencies. We will share updates as the storm approaches.

Follow our live coverage below, or check out the National Weather Service for warnings in your area.

PUBLISHED AT 8:10 PM

GBH News reporter Sarah Betancourt told us earlier today about Boston’s biggest snowstorms, and out in the field tonight she found locals were definitely clearing the shelves:

PUBLISHED AT 6:44 PM
The big question: When does the snow start and when will it really get bad?

National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham shared the latest forecast with Arun Rath on GBH All things Considered. He said Greater Boston can expect snow to start around 8 or 9 p.m., but the heaviest snowfall will occur between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday. Wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour will cause whiteout conditions.

Dunham’s tip: be prepared for power outages, stock up on water if you rely on a well, and don’t leave your home on Saturdays unless it’s an absolute emergency. [Read more.]

PUBLISHED AT 5:40 PM

The city of Worcester has declared a snow emergency as authorities prepare for more than a foot of snow and strong winds from the northeast approach.

A travel ban will begin at 11 p.m. and a winter parking ban will be in effect Saturday. Municipal garages will be free until the snow emergency is cancelled.

Although more than 300 plows and trucks will clear the roads throughout the storm, Worcester Public Works and Parks Commissioner Jay Fink said conditions could be too dangerous for driving.

“Here in New England, we all think we’re warm and we all have SUVs so we can go where we want to go,” he said. “But the roads will be in poor condition.”

Homeless people could be particularly vulnerable during the storm. As a result, Worcester outreach workers are scouring the city offering to bring anyone living in tents or on the streets to shelters. Worcester Health and Social Services Commissioner Matilda Castile said many people were accepting help or telling health workers they planned to temporarily stay with friends.

“If there are more beds needed, we try to open an overflow shelter,” Castile said. “Two feet of snow is not where anyone should be outside.”

To avoid spreading COVID-19, Castile said outreach workers are giving people rapid tests before bringing them to shelters. Anyone who tests positive can travel to a designated hotel free of charge.

—Sam Turken

PUBLISHED AT 4:42 PM

Maybe you saw it on Twitter. You have certainly felt its effects at the grocery store the day before a thunderstorm. We bring you a brief but delicious history of Boston’s tastiest storm rating system: the French Toast Alert System.

How severe is this storm? For many, the answer comes from Universal Hub’s French Toast Alert System.

Boston snow video by Denis Tangney, Jr. via Getty Images. Screenshot of Universal Hub. Artwork by Lisa Williams/Getty Images

PUBLISHED AT 4:22 PM

Of course, it looks like it will be big. But will he overcome the Blizzard eruption of 1978, which grounded the state for most of a week?

PUBLISHED AT 1:02 PM
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has declared the city’s first snow emergency of the year. It comes into effect at 9 p.m.

Announcing the emergency, Wu urged residents to avoid traveling during the storm.

“This blizzard will make road conditions very dangerous during the storm for parking and driving, so the safest place is in your home or apartment. If you must travel, please bundle up and dress warmly, and take the T if at all possible.” [Read more.]

PUBLISHED AT 11:17 AM
Boston and the entire eastern third of the Commonwealth are under a blizzard warning from midnight to 5 a.m. Sunday with forecast snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour possible and wind gusts as high as 70 miles per hour . The conditions will result in reduced visibility and near whiteout conditions, making travel hazardous. Total snowfall is expected to be 18 to 24 inches.

In central Massachusetts, a winter storm warning is in effect as of midnight. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible, as well as wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour.

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