A strong, quick-hitting storm system will bring significant snow and wind to parts of southern New England on Thursday, delivering blizzard warnings for the coast, Cape and islands.
The rest of the state is under winter storm warnings.
A snow emergency will begin in Boston at 10 a.m. Thursday and last through the duration of the storm.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh encouraged people to not use space savers during the storm, saying they will be removed by crews clearing streets.
Snow will arrive for the morning commute on Thursday, possibly as a brief period of mixed precipitation over the Cape and Islands, which will change quickly over to all snow.
Snow will continue through the evening commute and will taper off early Thursday night.
Snowfall amounts will be determined by the precise track of the storm.
Coastal flooding is not likely with this storm because high tides occur during the 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. hours – before the winds really ramp up and after the wind will have turned to the north.
Bitter cold temperatures will follow the storm on Friday with some areas outside Boston dropping to near zero.