by: Christine McCarthy Updated:
BOSTON - Boston schools will have a snow day and officials are warning of a messy morning commute ahead of a winter storm expected to bring heavy snow to Massachusetts.
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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday for much of central and eastern Massachusetts, northern Rhode Island and northeast Connecticut. It forecasts 4 to 8 inches of snow in those areas, with the highest totals near Interstate 95. Other parts of the state are forecast to get 2 to 5 inches.
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Rain is expected to change to snow overnight, with the heaviest snow expected during the commute.
The City of Boston has already said there will be 500 pieces of snow equipment on the roads beginning early in the morning to prepare for the commute.
The MBTA and Keolis tell FOX25 they are closely monitoring the storm as it approaches.
The weather service says travel will be slow and difficult.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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