It might be a little early for the Blizzard of '78 references

But as the National Weather Service exclaims about Saturday:

THIS IS WHERE THE DRAMA BUILDS AS THE NEW 00Z ECMWF GOES BONKERS WITH EXPLOSIVE CYCLOGENESIS SOUTH OF NEW ENGLAND.

Or, in English: Jesus, people, we could be looking at a major nor'easter!

Now, as the forecasters at the regional NWS office in Tauntion hasten to add, that's based on just one run of one particular computer model and other computer simulations are not showing such extreme potential for TV weatherpeople to break out the Blizzard of '78 references just yet - and the whole thing could still turn out to be rain. But, still, you might want to keep the pantry well stocked, just in case, because as the NWS adds:

GREATEST RISK FOR HEAVY SNOW APPEARS ACROSS EASTERN MA AND RI.

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Chill out a bit

It's going to be cold, and it's likely we will get some snow here in Metro Boston, but the model consensus (and NWS forecaster opinion) is less dramatic as of this afternoon:

SATURDAY...27/12Z ECMWF HAS COME BACK INTO THE FOLD AND IS NOT NEARLY AS EXPLOSIVE WITH ITS CYCLOGENESIS SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY NIGHT. CONFIDENCE IS GROWING THERE WILL BE A STORM. THE BIG QUESTION YET TO BE RESOLVED IS HOW CLOSE TO SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WILL IT TRACK. AGREE WITH THE PREVIOUS SHIFT THERE IS STILL A SCENARIO WHERE THIS STORM COULD MISS MOST OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. THAT SAID...DO THINK THERE IS A FAIRLY HIGH PROBABILITY OF SEEING AT LEAST LIGHT PRECIPITATION ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. THE GREATEST PROBABILITIES WILL BE ACROSS CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS.