More than 6 inches of snow will blanket the Boston area Friday — the most significant snowstorm for southern New England in two years, according to the National Weather Service.

"Snow amounts will be 6 inches or greater,” said Charlie Foley of the NWS. “There will be areas where rain will occur at times before it transitions back to snow. In addition to this, we’re looking at very strong winds that will move any snow around to drift. So that would pose a problem for the road crews that are out there, so travel will be difficult at this time.”

Some areas could get more than 2 feet of snow, Foley said.

"So this will be a serious storm," he said. "Temperatures will be quite cold."

The National Weather Service is also paying attention to coastal communities, which could experience minor to moderate flooding at high tide Friday night and Saturday morning.