Thursday, 4:30 PM
No snow during morning commute; rain expected to slow afternoon drive
By Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff
Predictions for 1 to 3 inches of slushy snow never materialized this morning as the storm slowed and gave commuters in metropolitan Boston a break -- for now.
Forecasters are now describing a chilly spring storm that will dump almost entirely rain, except some scattered snow in the hilly sections of Worcester County and southern New Hampshire. That rain, which is expected to begin falling in Boston by mid-morning, could cause its own headaches during rush hour.
"I think the afternoon commute is going to be a problem with water puddling on roadways," said Charlie Foley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton. "It's going to be a long, wet ride home."
The rain is expected to continue all day, with temperatures hovering in the low 40s and southeast winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour. This evening, temperatures are predicted to drop into the mid-30s as the rain continues, giving way to some scattered snow flurries after midnight.