This afternoon's rain could morph into light snow this evening along the coast of Massachusetts, impacting the very end of the commute, National Weather Service forecasters said.
Rain and snow showers fell around southern New England this afternoon, with up to an inch of snow expected across the higher terrain.
While it has been raining at lower elevations, the coastal rain should turn to snow late this afternoon or early this evening, as temperatures drop. A coating to an inch could fall in the Boston metro area into Northeastern Massachusetts, forecasters said.
The service warned that the evening rush hour, especially to the north and west of Boston, could see slick spots developing on untreated roadways. It urged drivers to use extra caution if traveling this evening.
All the snow showers should end by 9 p.m. And colder and drier air should move into the region.
But the reprieve will be short-lived. Another storm will move into the region Thursday night, forecasters said.
Alan Dunham, a meteorologist at he weather service's Taunton office, said the storm should be fast-moving, and will end by Friday evening. He said it is likely to have an impact on the Friday morning commute, potentially making the drive a messy one.
He did not offer a prediction of how much snow the storm will dump across the area.
"It's too early to tell how strong it will be," Dunham said. "It will be a function of the strength of the storm and how close to the coast it passes by."
Highs are predicted to be in the 30s today across southern New England. Overnight lows are forecasted to be in the upper single digits to the mid-20s.
Thursday will be mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the upper teens to 30 degrees and lows around 17 degrees, the weather service predicted.
On Friday, highs will be in the 20s to lower 30s, and lows around 10 degrees.
If you still haven't gotten your fill of snow, the weather service says there's a chance of yet another storm on Tuesday.
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