Today’s snowstorm hit a little harder than meteorologists had predicted, but it’s still your “typical” February snowstorm, according to the National Weather Service.
“It is February, it is winter, and it is New England,” said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation deployed 2,000 pieces of snow-storm related equipment throughout the state as part of a typical storm response, which also included treating roads beginning at 4 a.m., according to spokesman Colin Durrant.
There have been some spinouts, but no significant traffic delays so far, Durrant said. Commuters should anticipate some delays as the commute continues, but will probably be spared extraordinary problems in part because most schools are closed this week, leaving fewer cars on the roads, he said.
Low pressure passing just south of the state caused bands of snow to roll over eastern Massachusetts, Dunham said. Clouds are predicted to drop 4 to 6 inches of snow in the Greater Boston area heading toward the South Shore, Plymouth and Bristol counties; 4 to 8 inches north and west of Interstate 495 and Route 128; and 1 to 2 inches on Cape Cod and the islands, where mostly rain is falling, he said.
The snowstorm stopped and started at times but will end soon after midnight, Dunham said. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. for the state, excluding southern Plymouth county, southern Bristol county, and the Cape and Islands.
Snowfall mixed with sleet or rain throughout the day, but only snow is predicted to fall after sundown. Rain has been lightening up the snowfall, causing it to melt on treated road surfaces, Dunham said.
“If temperatures get colder, it may be a little more problematic,” he said of road conditions for this evening's commute. “But as long as people use some common sense, it shouldn’t be a problem.”
Temperatures in the Greater Boston area will reach the upper-30s and dip to the low- to mid-20s tonight, Dunham said. Tomorrow’s skies will be mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-30s inland and around 40 degrees near the coast.
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