Mother Nature is packing a one-two punch this week, with one storm already bringing rain and snow to the state and another predicted to bring snow later, according to the National Weather Service.
Clouds are expected to drop rain in the Greater Boston area through this evening and mix with snow before ending late tonight, said Joe Dellicarpini, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton. With a high around 40 degrees and a low around 35 degrees, no accumulation is expected.
While the first storm has caused plenty of puddles in the Greater Boston area, 10 to 20 inches of snow have fallen in some areas of higher elevation in western Massachusetts. There have been reports of up to 11 inches in Worcester County, 16 inches in the Berkshires, and 18 inches in the town of Goshen, Dellicarpini said.
Most of the state is predicted to see rain Thursday morning into Thursday night, and areas of higher elevation west of Interstate 495 may see more snow, he said. But rain will transition into snow as the second storm hits late Thursday night into Friday.
“We’ll see it change over to snow on Friday in our neck of the woods,” Dellicarpini said of the Greater Boston area. “But we could see accumulation at that point.”
While it is too soon to predict how many inches of snow may fall, the heaviest snow should remain west of New England, Dellicarpini said. He added, however, that the Berkshires might catch some of the snow. The second storm could also produce heavier winds along the coast and on the Cape and islands.
“The astronomical tides are getting higher as we’re getting closer to a full moon,” he said, noting that the weather could also cause some coastal flooding along the south coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and some minor flooding on the east coast.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 4 p.m. today for most of central and western Massachusetts in areas with elevations over 1,000 feet. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. for Middlesex County today.
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