It has also issued a winter weather advisory that will be in effect for 24 hours beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Boston area will get its first white Christmas in 14 years on Monday, but don't expect a winter wonderland: The snow is expected be accompanied by strong winds that could damage structures and cause power outages, and in some areas sleet and freezing rain will make travel more hazardous, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
A system from the northwest is bringing colder air into the region for Sunday morning and snow showers later in the day. Use extra caution while traveling as roads may become slick.
Right now it's looking like most areas south of the Mass Pike will see around 3 to 6 inches of snow and areas to the north could pick up 4 to 8 inches of snow.
Snow showers will develop toward the evening on Sunday.
Snow moves in south of I-70 around 2pm.
Winds will increase late in the afternoon, causing blowing and drifting snow. Travel will be very hard in lake effect snow, including the evening commute on Tuesday, according to the Weather Service.
Showers will begin to taper off later tonight, though with temperatures dropping below freezing there is the potential for a refreeze overnight. Snow begins to arrive late Christmas eve, continuing into Christmas Day.
We see a mix of sun & clouds on Christmas day with a chance of evening flurries.
Unsafe subzero wind chills begin Tuesday morning and continue each morning into the weekend.
Wednesday starts out very cold again with temperatures dipping into the low 20s, afternoon high temperatures will remain in the mid 40s.