People struggle to walk in the blowing snow during a winter storm Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Cox Media Group National Content Desk
The snow, freezing rain and sleet that began in the Mid-Atlantic region on Monday and moved toward New England early Tuesday has delivered on the promise of miserable conditions, slick roads and power outages, but a slight change in forecast is changing estimated snow accumulation for some.
According to Fox 25.com and the National Weather Service, the storm is tacking closer than expected to the Northeast coast, shifting the heaviest precipitation inland, west of the Interstate 95 corridor.
This shift will likely cut the expected amounts of snowfall accumulation in the Boston metro area. Western Massachusetts, however, can expect significant snow by Tuesday afternoon. Forecasters say that anything from 1-4 inches an hour is possible there.
While the storm is setting up to intensify, forecasters are saying that warmer air is also being pulled into the system and will lead to a wintry mix along the coast and east of the I-95 corridor instead of a steady snowfall.
Overall in the region, more than 5,000 flights have been canceled and power is out to more than 100,000 customers from Virginia to Pennsylvania.