(National Weather Service)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The storm that hit New England two weeks ago may have been a meteorological nightmare, but the general consensus during Wednesday's storm seemed to be that we could easily handle a few inches of snow.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. inside of Rte. 128, with a Winter Storm Warning remaining for Boston suburbs west and north.
The final accumulation is expected to be around 3 inches in Greater Boston, with 3-6 inches north and west of Rte. 128.
[9 am] Light #snow continues across #RI and eastern #MA this morning. However webcams from #Boston & #Providence indicate highways remain wet given temps hovering around 32 & snow intensity light. However secondary roads & especially untreated surfaces remain slippery. #Winter pic.twitter.com/DvV96lMYcL— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) January 17, 2018
On the Cape, snow and rain will mix, with less than an inch of accumulation.
Snow is expected to end late in the afternoon.
Although the storm is not expected to bring Blizzard conditions, MEMA is on standby ready to help any communities if conditions worsen.
"We do have MEMA staff here monitoring as we always do," said MEMA spokesperson Chris Bessie. "It's really mostly just a snow event, particularly in Central and Western Mass where they're expecting closer to 6-8 inches, and 3-6 inches in more of the eastern part of the state, and lesser amounts south and east."
Boxboro Police Chief Warren Ryder summed up how the area was dealing with the wintry weather to WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens.
"Our New England attitudes have come out that, you know, snow comes, snow goes, and we deal with it," he said.
He said it helped that school was cancelled in the area--and that people seemed to be showing enough patience with one another to stay out of trouble.
Keolis, operator of the MBTA Commuter Rail, said they were seeing average ridership Wednesday morning, with on-time performance in the low-to-mid 90s.
So far, there have been no major reports of power outages--though 300 customers in Westwood are in the dark.
Several communities are also reporting slick road conditions.
According to AccuWeather, wet or slushy areas could freeze overnight if not treated, leading to ice as the low drops to 20.
The temperature was expected to reach highs in the 30s on Thursday and Friday, with a high of 43 Saturday.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports