What to expect from the weather for New Year’s festivities in Massachusetts

Forecasters say Massachusetts will see rain and maybe even a “slushy” inch or two of snow on the last night of 2018.

2018 is going out with some rain and possibly even a bit of a wintry mix.

The National Weather Service is cautioning those traveling to celebrate the New Year on Monday to be alert for slippery conditions, particularly across inland Massachusetts. A “soaking rain” is expected to overspread the region between 4 and 8 p.m. and continue overnight.

“Rain will arrive toward evening and will begin as some wet snow across parts of western and northern Massachusetts where a slushy inch or two may accumulate, especially in the hills,” the service said. “There may also be some spotty light icing during the change from snow to rain, which should take place between midnight and 2 a.m.”

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Forecasters have issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of the state where slippery conditions could occur.

While 2018 is expected to end with precipitation, the start of the new year should be dry and “unseasonably” mild. Tuesday is forecast to see highs in the upper 50s and low 60s, but forecasters warned that potentially damaging wind gusts are also on tap for New Year’s Day.

“Be prepared for scattered power outages as well as downed trees or large branches,” forecasters said.

The temperatures are forecast to turn cold again Tuesday evening, with more rain potentially on its way, according to the service.

“Another storm moves up from the Gulf of Mexico late week with rain, probably starting as snow in spots,” forecasters said.

Dry and seasonable weather returns over the weekend.

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