This developing storm system will cross through WNY late tonight into Sunday before strengthening into the Northeast. The most intense part of the storm will be after midnight Sunday night through Monday morning as the wind picks up and snow falls at the rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour at its peak.
Areas around southern ME will see up to 2 feet of snow from this storm with areas south of Boston only receiving a few inches.
Motorists are encouraged to stay off the roads, as officials are expecting high-speed winds, coastal flooding and potential power outages.
In Connecticut and MA, some areas experienced "thundersnow" - the combination of snowfall and thunder, according to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service quoted by The New York Times. The changeover happens around 3pm to a sloppy mess with sleet, some rain, and still some snow.
The National Weather Service (NWS) based in Taunton has issued a Winter Weather Warning extending from 7 a.m. Sunday through 7 p.m. Monday.
Risky travel conditions are forecast for I-95 cities from Philadelphia to New York City and Boston, the National Weather Service said.
The possibility of rising temperatures and a combination of snow and rain have made accumulation projections of the wintery mix uncertain, but meteorologists say the Boston area will likely see significant precipitation. The most impacted areas will be the northern half of WNY, from the Buffalo metro through Rochester, where icy conditions are possible Sunday morning.
Roads and sidewalks are slippery and poor visibility is expected due to blowing and drifting snow and temperatures gradually decline and the winds increase.More news: Pennsylvania company switches up controversial Super Bowl ad tackling immigration
"The combination of sleet and snow will lead to hazardous driving conditions at times", the weather service said.
The National Weather Service forecast several inches of snow Saturday for New England and predicted possible totals by Monday up to 9 inches in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and 18 inches in the region's northern three states. A total of 5 to 10 inches is ultimately expected.
This storm is expected to bring very heavy snow at least 2 to4 inches with powerful gusty winds throughout New England.
Sunday night, things get more interesting as cold air drops through the Great Lakes and bumps up against a low pressure area to the east.
Forecaster confidence is described as high.
Meanwhile, there is a special weather statement about ice overnight for nearly the entire state from Smithfield to Newport and Westerly. Sleet and freezing rain late tonight and early Sunday could result in hard driving conditions. South of the city winter storm warnings have been issued.
The precipitation should start as sleet possibly mixed with freezing rain, mainly before 4 p.m.
Then, we'll have a warmer weekend with the upper 40s on Saturday and the upper 50s on Sunday.