SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Forecasters have downgraded severity of the winter storm expected to hit the central Massachusetts area Saturday.
"Energy from the west has weakened, moisture supply has not developed, the track has turned to the south and as a consequence, I am downgrading this storm to no more than four to eight inches as the highest accumulation in the Shrewsbury area, with less to the south and east," stated Shrewsbury Weather Analyst Jim Arnold.
According to Arnold, wet and heavy snow should begin by late afternoon Saturday, although there could be some flurries at any time during the day.
The higher ground of the Worcester hills to the north and west of the Shrewsbury/Worcester area likely will see accumulations in the 6- to 8-inch range because they will see the coldest temperatures, he said, with 4-6 inches accumulating in the greater Shrewsbury area.
The National Weather Service still is calling for a 100 percent chance of precipitation for Saturday night and a 90 percent chance for Sunday.
A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect from 3 p.m. Saturday to midnight Sunday.
Monday's weather looks to be partly sunny with a high of 39 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.