Maps: Rain, sleet, snow en route as a winter storm warning has been issued for parts of Mass.
They say sequels are never as good as the original and this week’s upcoming Storm is no exception. After a blizzard swept through New England over the weekend, the region is bracing for more wintry conditions, but this time forecasters are predicting a messy mix of precipitation.
Thursday evening, Massachusetts should see steadily increasing rain. Then Friday morning around 6 a.m. the water will change to a mix of ice pellets and light freezing rain. By late afternoon, precipitation is expected to solidify to snow, bringing about 1 inch of snowfall to the Boston area and up to 6 inches to western Massachusetts.
The National Weather Service warns of flash frost and slippery roads, so residents should be careful when driving. Journeys are expected to be longer than usual, with a thin layer of ice covering the ground.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the northern and western parts of the state, and a winter weather advisory for the rest of Mass. The winter storm warning and winter weather advisory are in effect Friday from 1 a.m. to 7 p.m.
At the onset of the winter storm, temperatures are expected to be mild for the season, but overnight Thursday into Friday they will begin to drop from 40 degrees, likely dipping into the highs by Saturday morning.
Residents should exercise extreme caution when walking and driving in Massachusetts beginning Friday and continuing through the weekend.
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