Southern New England is bracing for another strong snowstorm today. The region, which has been battered by a series of major storms in recent days, saw a few added inches of snow fall overnight and some more light flurries this morning, but weather is expected to worsen as the day wears on. The storm is expected to last through early Tuesday and bring one to four inches on Cape Cod and has much as 1.5 to 2 feet in eastern and northeastern Massachusetts, including greater Boston. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency says periods of relatively light snow will give way to heavier and steadier snows today night into tomorrow and perhaps into early Tuesday morning, probably hampering commutes both days. "I have to laugh because otherwise I may cry," says one Massachusetts mom.
What forecasters are calling a "long duration" storm is expected to intensify tonight. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings last night for central New York, the western Catskills, and much of New England through early Tuesday. By tomorrow night, 12 to 18 additional inches of snow could fall on a large swath of southern New England, which is still coping with the aftereffects of storms that hit over the last couple of weeks. Adding injury to insult perhaps, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency warned that potentially record cold temperatures and wind chills are expected to move into the region later in the week after the storm. Not everyone was dreading the blast of winter. Says one hardware store owner in Boston: "I also love to ski, so as soon as this next mess is over with, I'm taking off and going north." (Read more snowstorm stories.)