• Monday commute in Boston could be `messy' from twin systems
  • Storms will move fast, sparing New York City a direct hit

From Minnesota to Massachusetts, the snow will be so nice it’s going to fall twice.

A pair of early spring storms will bring a dusting to a few inches from the Midwest to New England, including Boston, starting this weekend.

“We’re not looking at a major storm, however it could come down pretty fast in some places,” said Paul Kocin, a meteorologist with the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

A cold snap will precede and follow the storms. What that means is that while snow doesn’t usually last too long on the ground in April, this time it may stick around for a few days. It comes after the 48 contiguous U.S. states closed out their warmest winter on record in February, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.

The first system and the strongest will begin across Minnesota and Michigan on Saturday before sweeping east across central New York and into New England and Boston by Sunday. “It looks like a fast-moving, potent system for this time of year,” said Kocin, who wrote a textbook on winter weather.

As the first system exits into the Atlantic, another will follow in its tracks, bringing a second round of snow to the Boston area early Monday.

“It’s going to be a messy commute,” said Bill Simpson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Taunton, Massachusetts. The extent of the snowfall depends on the track of the storms and how they develop. If snow does pile up, it will only be a few inches and the highest amounts will be west and north of Boston.

New York City will be spared a direct hit from the storms, though a few flakes could be in the air, Kocin said.

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