The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for all of Eastern Massachusetts effective until 6 p.m. Thursday. The warning called for 4-8 inches of snow and a light coating of ice from the storm.
As of 3:08 p.m., the service’s snow total graphics showed Stoneham within a band of 4-6 inches of snow. Estimated snow totals have fluctuated over the last two days but steadily increased since this morning.
“Snow will fall heavily at times through the evening rush hour before becoming lighter. Snow may mix with sleet and freezing rain tonight before changing back to all snow overnight,” read the warning. “Roads will primarily remain wet through the evening commute...although icy spots will begin to develop. More of an impact is expected for the Thursday morning commute due to the combination of snow and slippery roads.”
Winter storm warnings are issued when the service expects more than six inches of snow to fall during a storm. The service previously issued a winter weather advisory, which are released for smaller storms.